"Authorities across Europe are searching for a passenger suspected of having links to al Qaeda who failed to show up for an Air France flight on Christmas Eve, ABCNEWS has learned.
U.S. law enforcement officials believe the male passenger underwent terrorist training in Afghanistan. The ongoing search for the man — who was traveling with a French passport — is one of the factors contributing to the continuing security jitters about trans-Atlantic flights, officials said.
French officials told ABCNEWS the man is feared to have a small bomb whose components might get past airport security.
The man had a ticket for Air France's Flight 68 from Paris to Los Angeles on Dec. 24, but the flight was canceled and the passenger never showed up at the airport, U.S. and French officials told ABCNEWS."
Please note that even *French* security officials are saying the guy was likely a terrorist. Too bad OneGus is no longer here, he would have to do some major diversion tactics to avoid his claim that the FBI simply screwed up. Of course, US sources say they might have caught the guy just before the flight if the French government had not goofed up and made a public announcement about it too soon.