Obama monitoring Delta flight firecracker situation


POSTED: Saturday, December 26, 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.

“;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.

“;The president is actively monitoring the situation and receiving regular updates. There is currently no change to his schedule,”; he said.