Skip to comments.After United 93, Air Travelers React to Threats
Posted on 12/26/2009 8:11:25 PM PST by HokieMom
DETROIT (AP) -- They heard a pop that sounded like fireworks. They saw a glow of flame followed by a rush of smoke. And that was enough for passengers on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 to pounce.
From several seats away, Dutch tourist Jasper Schuringa says he jumped to extinguish a fire ignited by a quiet man who just moments before allegedly told passengers his stomach was upset and pulled a blanket over himself. Schuringa said his first thought wasn't to signal a flight attendant or wait for an air marshal to break cover, but rather, "He's trying to blow up the plane."
"I basically reacted directly," Schuringa said Saturday in an interview with CNN. "I didn't think. I just jumped. I just went over there and tried to save the plane."
Aviation safety experts once would have called Schuringa's actions a mistake and cautioned passengers against fighting back during hijackings and other crises in the air. That was before the Sept. 11 attacks and the actions of passengers on United Flight 93, who learned while aloft about the hijacked jets that slammed earlier that day into New York's World Trade Center.
They staged a cabin revolt against the al-Qaida terrorists who had taken control of their flight and died when their plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pa. But they succeeded in keeping the jet from destroying another building that day, and their story became legend.
"I don't think people are going to sit back and let somebody kill them in the process of fulfilling their extremist agenda or whatever it happens to be," said Dave Heffernan, who helps oversee self-defense training for commercial flight crews at Valenica Community College in Orlando, Fla. "People have talked about it. They've thought about it. They have a plan of action."
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Those passengers where just racist people....I bet Obammy was infuriated that they would attack a brother for no good reason./s
Judo neck holds , applied with prejudice
A Christmas Miracle!!
Well done, Jasper and others. Just saw him interviewed on TV with his hand bandaged.
The fellow passengers acted stupidly
But, wait! Weren’t these people supposed to have stopped attacking America once Obama came into office? At least that’s what the MSM told us in so many words. Just ask Chris ‘Tingles’ Matthews.
How do you know this to be true? You were on board, and saw the whole thing?
So when you heroically subdue a terrorist on a plane, do you stop, catch your breath and congratulate each other, or do you start looking for other possible terrorists up and down the aisles?
Well...we can’t upset Europeans anymore...they’ll protest again. We can’t have that....
In the World of Obammy? You start looking for a lawyer and hope the Whitey House doesn’t come after you.
Wake up and smell the sarcasm.
My God, Man! Let’s hope nobody gave him a bloody lip!
That might have been cause for Obama to quit his golf game and give a talk to the American people.
Man you need to get up to speed my friend
Wow ya think
People have talked about it. They’ve thought about it. They have a plan of action.”>>>>>>>>>>>
Every patriot passenger should wear an extra long leather belt with a large cowboy style buckle, and learn how to use it.
What ever happened to air marshals, anyway.....
When I think of how Matthews and others went on and on during the campaign I literally want to hurl all over my keyboard.
...But I actually did get a bit of schradedfrude when I visited with some members of my extended family on Christmas who were big Obama supporters: They were rather silent on the issue of the crumbling economy and the the Health Care debacle.
What a difference eleven months makes.
Agreed, if you could get it on board.
Inky...memba Barry’s ‘shout out’ directed at the Cambridge Police Department for arresting his race baiting little prejudiced minion, “Don’t you know who I am” Prof. Henry Gates? Dear Leader, without any ADMITTED knowledge of the actual incident, stated emphatically that the Police acted “stupidly.”
Sarcasm and ridicule of the PC culture that have brought us to the ooint in time where 70 year old Cathoioc nuns (somebody, anybody...has a an elderly Christian woman evern in the entire history of avionics, taken down an airliner???) are routinely searched, and young, stoney eyed men, packing Qurans (and apparently incindiaries) are waved thru.
Well stated irony Al (and that old gasbag is off air til the 4th of Janauary).
If it could pass security, you could make a fortune selling them.
You know they are going to spin this one big time with their big lies Rahm keeps in his special lock box. Hillary passed the lock box down to Rahm.
wonder how long before MSM and the pretender at the house claim this is proof that W’s policy on terrorism did not work
“The fellow passengers acted stupidly”
Huh? Explain this.
“After United 93, Air Travelers React to Threats”
Somebody has to!!!!!!
“The fellow passengers acted stupidly”
“How do you know this to be true? You were on board, and saw the whole thing?”
I think it is a comment referring to another incident, no? Think biergarden summit on the east lawn.
Wow! Excellent work, devolve.
Hoss, read the rest of the comments, you’ll figure it out.
Yes, what a difference 11 months, bribes, back room deals, cabinet members who don’t pay taxes, etc, etc. My brother-in-law has a lot of voter remorse....I asked him a short time ago how that “Hope and Change” was working out for him. When I meet the Lord, that is one thing I will NOT HAVE TO ANSWER FOR....I and my husband DID NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA. In fact we were going to vote at all that is until Sarah Palin came on the scene. She is the only reason we voted for McShame.
Yes, what a difference 11 months, bribes, back room deals, cabinet members who don’t pay taxes, etc, etc make. My brother-in-law has a lot of voter remorse....I asked him a short time ago how that “Hope and Change” was working out for him. When I meet the LORD, that is one thing I will NOT HAVE TO ANSWER FOR....I and my husband DID NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA. In fact we were not going to vote at all that is until Sarah Palin came on the scene. She is the only reason we voted for McShame.
Bump for later Sunday reading
The failure of our wonderful bureaucratic government is so alarming that it really scares me not just about flying but about the health care system to come. Not even talking about the other bureaucratic nightmares that have occurred and are still occurring - think Fannie and Freddie (and of course our old friend (All poor people should own a home) - Barny Franks)... Yeah, I say let our spasmodic officials control all aspects of our lives...Let’s just get it over with!
Watched both Democrat and Republican senators on Greta’s show - what a load of bull crap! They can’t even pull themselves away from their own self-importance to recognize the problems Greta was trying to discuss.
There could not have been more signs pointing to “terrorist” than this case but hey, these wonderful senators will investigate! Not needed, the airlines have decided that you can not get up during the last hour of flight and darn it, no more blankets for you! Ha, sometimes industry spouts off just like our beloved government. Idiots all!
Me too. You better bet the next time this happens, there will be another hero to stand up and take the terrorist out too. You can’t rely on the airline employees. They’re the ones letting the terrorist bastards on the plane because they don’t “profile,” remember?
You wait, you lose. People know this.
If I’m on one of these planes, I’m going for a HARD KILL on the scumbag!
Ironically, new security restrictions will require passengers to remain in their seats for the last hour of the flight. This would thwart the sort of heroism shown in aborting the recent attack. Instead of the shoes, drinks, etc. airport shenanigans, TSA should adopt Israeli-style Threat Profiling.
Actually I was just curious about what happened to the program. Wasn’t there supposed to be one on every flight?
Excellent potlatch -