Federal agents arrested Saudi traveler Hussain Al Khawahir at Detroit Metro Airport during the weekend after he was acting suspiciously and was found to have a pressure cooker in his luggage.
According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Hussain Al Khawahir initially told customs officers that he brought the pressure cooker for a nephew at the University of Toledo because pressure cookers aren’t sold in Saudi Arabia. He then changed his story and admitted that his nephew has purchased the pressure cooker in America before, but it was ‘cheap’ and broke after its first use, the Detroit Free Press reports.
I’m sorry, but any person of Middle Eastern descent or any Muslims for that matter, caught with a pressure cooker will be scrutinized, thanks to Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. This could have been a test run to see how much he could get away with.
Hussain Al Khawahir is charged with knowingly using an altered Saudi Arabian passport with missing pages, making a false statement to a Customs & Border Patrol officer about the pressure cooker found in his possession.