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.....
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