Maine air agent who checked in terrorists on Sept. 11 joyful


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An airline agent who received an icy stare from the ringleader of the 9/11 terrorist attacks while checking him in at Portland’s airport the morning of the attacks says he’s feeling “great joy” upon hearing of the death of Osama bin Laden.

Michael Tuohey checked in Mohamed Atta and accomplice Abdulaziz Alomari at the Portland International Jetport for their connecting flight to Boston, which they crashed into the World Trade Center hours later on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

Since that chilling encounter, Tuohey hasn’t been able to view any footage from 9/11 without breaking down sobbing.

Tuohey says bin Laden’s death will bring “psychological value” to Americans and that it was good it was American forces — not somebody else — that killed him.