President Barack Obama will continue to "actively monitor" the investigation of the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight, the White House said Saturday.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said that the president convened a secure call at 6:20 a.m. Hawaiian time with John Brennan, his Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism Adviser, and Denis McDonough, National Security Staff Chief of Staff. 


Burton said that Obama he received an update on the heightened air travel safety measures and the ongoing investigation. 

"The President will continue to actively monitor the situation," Burton said. 

On Christmas Day, 23-year-old Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab attempted to light some type of explosive on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit before being subdued by crew and passengers. 

A senior administration official told news outlets on Christmas Day that the U.S. considers the incident to be an attempted terrorist attack but does not believe at this time that it was part of a broader effort backed by terrorist groups. 

The chairmen of the House Homeland Security Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee have already said their panels will hold hearings on the incident next month.