(CNN) - A senior Obama administration official says the White House is now considering Friday's incident aboard a Detroit-bound Northwest airlines flight an attempted terrorist attack.
A passenger on the flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit, Michigan caused a brief disturbance at the end of the trip by igniting several firecrackers, according to a Delta Air Lines spokeswoman.
The passenger was immediately subdued, according to spokeswoman Susan Elliott. The incident resulted in some minor injuries, she said.
President Obama, who is spending the holidays in his home state of Hawaii, was briefed on the incident during a secure phone call with aides, and instructed in a subsequent discussion with security advisers "that all appropriate measures be taken to increase security for air travel," White House spokesman Bill Burton told CNN. The president made no changes to his schedule, Burton said.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement Friday saying that air passengers "may notice additional screening measures put into place to ensure the safety of the traveling public on domestic and international flights."
The plane, an Airbus 330, landed around noon ET. It was carrying 278 passengers.
The Transportation Security Administration had no immediate comment.
Delta is the parent company of Northwest.
–CNN's Kevin Bohn, Elise Labott and Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.