Traveler With Pressure Cooker Arrested in Detroit
Saudi Arabian man said it was a gift for his nephew
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2013 12:56 PM CDT
Detroit Metropolitan Airport.   (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)

(Newser) – A Saudi Arabian man was arrested upon arrival at Detroit Metropolitan Airport today after a series of suspicious incidents: First, Hussain Al Kwawahir was found to have a page missing from his passport; he told officers he didn't know how it had been removed. Then, officers found a pressure cooker in the man's luggage; pressure cookers were used in the homemade Boston Marathon bombs. The man will be arraigned on charges that he lied to a Customs agent about the pressure cooker, and was traveling with an altered passport.

Al Kwawahir, who told agents he was visiting his nephew at the University of Toledo, initially said he brought the pressure cooker for his nephew because they're not sold in the US, the Detroit News reports. He later changed his story and said his nephew already owned a US-bought pressure cooker, but it was broken.

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okaragozian
May 14, 2013 6:28 AM CDT
This is unbelievable. Literally every store in America sells pressure cookers. Some fool from 10,000 miles away is going to fly in with a pressure cooker? This guy should be sent back to where he came from and not let back in. Every time I read a story like this I get the feeling I'm living my life in some kind of Twilight Zone episode.
fedupamerican
May 14, 2013 1:57 AM CDT
The sad thing about this story, is that he's the Betty Crocker of Saudi Arabia, and no one will ever know because of the damn slant American media puts on every story. :-)
jope
May 13, 2013 11:47 PM CDT
Beware of pressure cookers from Saudi Arabia.They have tendency to explode.