The Dutchman who saved the day was several seats away, and literally had to jump over a number of seats and passengers to reach the terrorist. Where were all the Americans? (I am not at all claiming I would have acted as bravely as the Dutchman, but I am concerned that we as Americans have become soft to such a degree that we are no longer capable of confronting evil - something our forefathers had the strength and fortitude to do.)
The terrorist was seated in 19A (window seat)
The Dutchamn was in 20J.
He looked to his left. “I saw smoke rising from a seat ... I didnt hesitate. I just jumped.” he said.
The dutchman was probably just the first person to see the smoke. He was in the aisle behind the terrorist.
How do you know there were Americans seated near by?
Apparently the Dutchman was the first to spot the flame.
Why not praise him, be grateful and leave it at that?
Oh Braveheart, forgive me- you seem to know precisely what happened; I was not aware that you were on board.
"Where were all the brave Americans?" you ask- When you're in charge, no Marines, no SEALS are required! We hail you MACHOMAN!
How do you know they weren’t women, or French or worse yet, Liberals? Perhaps you should wait for the facts before you start calling out FReepers or Americans.
Pray for 2010
I can also tell you, without any doubt or hesitation, there are people like me, and quite a few, who, from our first class or seats up towards the front of the aircraft, watch every person who comes on board a flight with a skeptical eye and who will act upon any disturbance.
And I will also say, that will never be restricted to a nationality but to anyone who values their life.