Mr. Yongda Huang Harris, 28, a resident of Boston and a naturalized American citizen, was detained by federal authorities on Friday at LAX airport in Los Angeles on a charge of transporting hazardous materials. Mr. Harris arrived on a flight from Tokyo, wearing a flak jacket and flame retardant pants. A search of Mr Harris’ checked luggage revealed a smoke grenade, along with a hatchet, knives, other weapons, a gas mask, biohazard suits and body bags.
Mr. Erroll G. Southers, TAL Global’s Managing Director, Counter-Terrorism & Infrastructure Protection Division, was interviewed on NBC News, where he raised some issues that ought to be explored in connection with this event in particular and aviation security in general.
Watch Mr. Southers’ interview below: