A spokesman for an Arab-American anti-discrimination group sees no "big deal" in how a man packed phones and watches in his luggage for a flight to Yemen.
Imad Hamad says the issue is whether anything was illegal. U.S. authorities say none of the items violated security rules.
Hamad is regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Dearborn. Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi is one of two men in custody in Amsterdam.
Hamad says al Soofi lived in the Detroit area at some point. He says it may be "weird" to attach a phone or watch to a bottle of Pepto-Bismol but "that doesn't make it a bomb."
The Detroit area is home to a large population of Arab-American and natives of the Middle East.