The man who brought a bomb onto an airliner on Christmas Day 2009 was sentenced to life in prison Thursday in what officials now call an al Qaeda plot.
Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab argued that life in prison would be "cruel and unusual punishment, ", CNN reported.
On Christmas Day 2009, AbdulMutallab attempted to detonate a bomb on a Northwest Airlines from from Amsterdam.
The bomb failed but enveloped AbdulMutallab in a fireball that spread to the wall and carpeting of the plane.
In a courtroom statement AbdulMutallab said, "I carried with me an explosive device to avenge the killing of innocent Muslims.", CNN reported.
Passengers on the flight spoke at AbdulMutalab's trial and expressed fears about flying, but he showed no remorse, NPR reported.