"We don't need to go through all the fact -- that his father went to the embassy. That he showed up on a one-way ticket. That ... all of the things that should have, quote, connected the dots -- a phrase I hate, by the way. But we should have. It never should have reached that point," McCain told Greta Van Susteren.
In fact, it's well-documented that Abdulmutallab was traveling to Detroit on a round-trip ticket.
Here's the video:
And here's McCain being corrected on the very same point on Jan. 20:
Late Update: McCain spokesperson Brooke Buchanan tells us that the senator is "aware now" that Abdulmutallab was not on a one-way ticket.
"The initial reports are where Senator McCain was taking the information was from," she says. "He's actually focused on bigger things, like making sure this doesn't happen again."