Think what you will, but wasn't there physical evidence that the boxes in question had been tampered with? It's difficult to play the innocent victim of a grand conspiracy after 1) you describe to the authorities how to compromise a system
This guys raison detre is spreading the word about how these systems can be compromised. The question is whether he actually did it for realz.
and 2) said system has been tampered with exactly the way you described, by someone sharing your physical space at the time.
People are adept at finding evidence supporting their presuppositions. A disease whose only cure is actively searching for evidence contradicting your assumptions.
He supposedly was in seat 2A... from search warrant:
"He said he was able to remove the cover for the SEB under the seat in front of him by wiggling and squeezing the box".
"After removing the cover to the SEB that was installed under the passenger seat in front of his seat..."
"A special agent with the FBI advised that the SEBs under seats 2A and 3A showed signs of tampering. The SEB under 2A was damaged. The outer cover of the box was open approx. 1/2 inch and one of the retaining screws was not seated and was exposed".
So I'm really confused here the statements are not self consistent. The seat in front of 2A is 1A... wouldn't that be the SEB that showed signs of tampering?
2A is under his seat...and 3A is under the seat BEHIND him.... so he not only screwed with his SEB without anyone noticing but got up moved to the seat behind him and screwed with that one too? In first class of all places? Does this make any sense?
Did the agents conduct a survey of the condition of all SEBs on the aircraft and other similar aircrafts? Is the condition of the panel abnormal? Do they even know? Did they even check?