How Qatar's Al Jazeera covered Qatar's diplomat who smoked in the United Airlines toilet.

Posted: 08 Apr 2010   Print   Send a link
"A diplomat who sparked a bomb alert on a flight from Washington DC to Denver may have been smoking a cigarette, US security officials have said. ... 'Two US air marshals aboard asked the man when he emerged what he had been doing and depending on which version you hear, he either said something to the effect that he had been trying to light his shoe, which may have been interpreted literally or it was a sarcastic remark,' Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman, reporting from Washington, said. ... US media reports said that the man was Mohammed al-Modadi, the third secretary and vice-consul of the Qatari embassy in Washington. Ali bin Fahad al-Hajri, Qatar's ambassador to Washington, did not identify the diplomat involved in the incident but denied that he carried out any 'threatening activity'. 'The facts will reveal that this was a mistake, and we urge all concerned parties to avoid reckless judgments or speculation,' a statement said. 'We respect the necessity of special security precautions involving air travel, but this diplomat was traveling to Denver on official embassy business on my instructions, and he was certainly not engaged in any threatening activity.'" Aljazeera.net, 8 April 2010.