Retired Valley Pilot Not Surprised by Terrorist Attack

FRESNO, Calif. Kent Scott has spent 40 years in the aviation industry. As a commercial airlines pilot, he moved all over the world. 20 years ago, he lived in Yemen. It's the same place Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was trained by Al Qaeda radicals, and given the explosive materials used in his attempt to blow up a Detroit bound flight on Christmas day.

"But in places like Yemen, you can't even call it a third world country. It's more like a 4th world country, it's so backwards," said Scott.

Scott said he encountered several security breaches flying in and out of Yemen, He's not surprised the area has now evolved into a major training ground for terrorists.

"There's a lot of graft and corruption and if you were to go out there with a small roll of hundred dollar bills, you could probably put a nuclear weapon onto a Yemen airplane," said Scott.

After Abdulmutallab's arrest, he told FBI agents there were more like him in Yemen who would strike soon.

The Department of Homeland Security acknowledged the potential safety hazard, and has implemented more security measures. That meant longer lines at Fresno Yosemite International Airport Monday. But even with the heightened security, Kent Scott said the likelihood of another attack is great.

Scott said, "Well, there's just not even a question mark about that. It's a certainty and people who don't think it will happen are just kidding themselves."

Kent said more airports should use full-body scan machines to help prevent further attacks on flights entering the United States.

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