The so-called homeland security experts that make much of their living spinning cable news TV scenarios out of homeland security incidents seem to have gotten their shorts in a bundle over the Christmas Day airline bomb incident. The alleged bomber had purchased a round-trip ticket — not a one-way fare, as has been widely reported — the presidential administration told Congressional aides in a closed briefing Tuesday. According to a person who attended the meeting and was quoted in the Los Angeles Times, the administration also said it was not unusual for international air travelers to buy their tickets using cash, as the suspect had done. Up to 20 percent of overseas flights are cash transactions.

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