Not the thing to say

April 8, 2010 1:34:48 PM PDT
What a bizarre countdown to our 11 o'clock news last night, as word filtered out that there had been a "disturbance" on a United flight from Washington, D.C. to Denver.

Was it an attempted shoe bomber? It appeared that way, especially after the man - who it turns out is a diplomat in the Qatar Embassy in Washington - told Air Marshals on board that he was going to light his shoe on fire.

He was, we learned seconds before air time, being sarcastic. Certainly he was also being stupid. The man - Mohammed al-Madadi - apparently tried to sneak a smoke in the bathroom, which if I remember the flight attendant announcements is illegal. Anyway, he got caught, and when he did he reacted with a snide comment.

We've all made them, snide comments, but what's the old warning about not joking about weapons or explosives on a plane or at the airport? And how old is that warning? Decades?

Now, comes word that al-Madadi was on his way to visit Ali Al-Marri, an imprisoned Al Qaeda agent. And so suddenly this sarcastic remark, taken as a stupid comment, takes on greater meaning.

We'll have the latest developments, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we're at a candlelight vigil in Suffern, New York, for two high school baseball players killed last week in a car crash while on their way to practice.

And we're tracking the latest announcement from Apple - are they doing one a week these days? - that their 21st Century equipment will finally enter the 21st Century when it comes to multi-tasking. Beginning this summer, the iPhone will be able to do more than one application a time. Not bad for a phone that costs more than $600!

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg with his AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports, including Tiger Woods' first-round return to golf at the Master's. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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