December 27, 2009 / 2:38 PM / 10 years ago

U.S. says no sign jet incident part of bigger plot

A Delta Airbus 330 airliner sits on a runway at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan in this video grab made December 25, 2009. REUTERS/WDIV TV/Handout

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There are no signs that the incident in which a Nigerian man has been charged with trying to blow up a U.S. passenger jet bound from Amsterdam to Detroit was part of a larger plot, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday.

“Well, right now we have no indication that it is part of anything larger. But obviously the investigation continues. And we have instituted more screening and what we call mitigation measures at airports,” U.S. homeland security chief Janet Napolitano told CNN’s “State of the Union” program.

Napolitano also said there was “no suggestion” that authorities in Amsterdam had improperly screened the man, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. She added that there was no “specific” or “credible” information to move him to a more stringent screening list.

The suspect was overpowered by passengers and crew on the Delta Air Lines plane from Amsterdam on Christmas Day.

Reporting by Vicki Allen, Corbett Daly and Will Dunham; Writing by Will Dunham; Editing by Jackie Frank

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