The Underwear Bomber
Wednesday July 25 at 10 pm ET/PT & Thursday July 26 at 8 pm ET on CBC News Network
At 11am on December 25th 2009 as NorthWest Flight 253 begins its descent towards Detroit Metropolitan, a passenger leaves the toilet, returns to seat 19A and pulls a blanket across his lap. What no-one knows is that he has a deadly explosive strapped to his leg.
But that is only half the story. The other half is what WOULD have happened if the bomb had gone off. Now DSP will tell the whole story for the first time: how a passenger smuggled a bomb on board and what would have happened to the 290 passengers and crew if that bomb had detonated, by blowing up a plane.
The Underwear Bomber uses this compelling story to forensically unpick the much bigger picture of the ongoing “arms race” between airport security and suicide bombers. Who’s winning? And how safe are any planes flying over America right now?
The Underwear Bomber reveals the terrifying minute-by-minute timeline from when Umar Abdulmutallab first evaded security at Lagos airport in Nigeria to fly to Amsterdam, and the fateful onward journey to Detroit. Abdulmutallab spent 20 minutes in the toilet preparing the explosive before returning to his seat where he injected a flammable liquid into the bomb, releasing smoke and flames. Dutch passenger Jasper Schuringa saw the smoke and without hesitation, he leapt across several seats and overpowered the suspect just minutes before the plane landed.
We’ll tell this gripping story with active hands-on demonstrations by aviation experts at airport security scanners and inside an Airbus A330. With forensic detail, The Underwear Bomber reveals just how the alleged bomber smuggled the powder through the airport, how he constructed the bomb inside the plane’s toilet, and how he attempted to detonate the package with a syringe. The documentary will culminate with the destruction of a real jet airliner in an experiment to determine what would have happened if the bomb had worked.