Friday, December 25, 2009
KAILUA, Hawaii, Dec 25 (Reuters) – U.S, President Barack Obama, who is on vacation in Hawaii, was “actively monitoring” the situation with a Delta flight on which a man reportedly set off firecrackers, the White House said on Friday.
A man reportedly set off firecrackers on Delta Flight 253 that was carrying 278 passengers to Detroit from Amsterdam.
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“The president was notified of the incident this morning between 9:00 and 9:30 Hawaii time by the president’s military aide,” White House spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement.
Obama spoke by conference call with national security advisers and then he “instructed that all appropriate measures be taken to increase security for air travel,” Burton said.