Oh, That Won’t Go Over Well

April 7, 2010 6:28 p.m.
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ABC is reporting that federal air marshals tonight subdued a man on a flight from DC to Denver who appeared to be trying to light a shoe-bomb. There doesn’t seem to be any question he was trying to light his shoe on fire; they’re apparently still trying to confirm that explosives were involved.

But here’s the kicker. Mohammad al Modadi is a diplomat in the Qatari Embassy, with full diplomatic immunity.

(ed.note: I should have said more explicitly that the plane landed safely and no one appears to have been injured.)

Late Update: We’ve got a rapidly changing story here. The latest news is suggesting the possibility that this was some sort of misunderstanding, perhaps a joke on the part of the man taken into custody. More as we learn more.

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