U.S. Simulates Shoe Bomb Blast on Plane

Federal prosecutors released two videos Friday showing the destruction that could have been caused aboard a trans-Atlantic flight if Richard Reid had succeeded in igniting explosives in his shoe.

Reid, 29, a British citizen, pleaded guilty in October to attempting to blow up American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami on Dec. 22, 2001. Prosecutors plan to show the video simulations when Reid is sentenced Jan. 30 in federal court in Boston. On Friday, prosecutors submitted a memorandum asking a judge to sentence Reid to life in prison, offering the videos as evidence of what could have happened if Reid’s plan had not been thwarted. Full Story

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