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Passenger held after trying to open plane’s door
AP via MSNBC ^ | April 22, 2010 7 min ago | Tim Korte

Posted on 04/23/2010 12:39:07 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A Delta Air Lines flight from Los Angeles to Florida was diverted to Albuquerque early Friday after a passenger sprayed the first-class cabin with a water bottle, tried to open a cabin door and threatened to blow up the aircraft.

Crew members and passengers on Delta flight 2148 to Tampa subdued Stanley Dwayne Sheffield, 46. He was taken into federal custody after the plane landed at 1:30 a.m. Friday.

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Darrin Jones said authorities do not believe the incident was related to terrorism.

Sheffield, whose hometown in Florida wasn't disclosed by investigators, was charged with interference with flight crew members and destruction of aircraft.

Sheffield made an initial appearance Friday before U.S. Magistrate Richard Puglisi, who scheduled preliminary and detention hearings for Monday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chuck Barth said Jones remained jailed in Albuquerque.

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"Get behind me, Satan". A little misdirection by al-Sheffield?
1 posted on 04/23/2010 12:39:08 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy
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To: Ready4Freddy

They should have just slowed airspeed, dropped altitude, had all other passengers buckle and let him open the door.

It would have slid closed again after he exited the vehicle and they could have made up any lost time pretty quickly.


2 posted on 04/23/2010 12:41:53 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Ready4Freddy
Stanley Dwayne Sheffield

He does have "Wayne" in his middle name, so he's automatically certifiable.

3 posted on 04/23/2010 12:43:03 PM PDT by Disambiguator (Progressivism, Socialism, Marxism, Communism - it's all shades of black.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Whew! Good thing they ruled out ties to terrorism before an investigation got under way, or else this could have gotten ugly.


4 posted on 04/23/2010 12:43:38 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Ready4Freddy
FBI Supervisory Special Agent Darrin Jones said authorities do not believe the incident was related to terrorism.
Nope, nothing to see here, keep moving.


5 posted on 04/23/2010 12:44:05 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Good luck trying to open a pressurized aircraft’s door at altitude.


6 posted on 04/23/2010 12:44:13 PM PDT by Never on my watch (A Militia is just a community organization)
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To: Ready4Freddy; Revolting cat!
Crew members and passengers on Delta flight 2148 to Tampa subdued Stanley Dwayne Sheffield, 46

Is that middle name D'Wayne?

7 posted on 04/23/2010 12:45:03 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The hysteria of Matthewsism and Andersonism has led to a Tea Party Scare that is unAmerican.)
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To: Disambiguator

Someone on another thread pointed out that ‘Lee’ is a common middle name for killers, too.


8 posted on 04/23/2010 12:45:19 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy ("It's not the number of burnt cars that worries me. It's the fact that everyone finds this normal..")
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To: theDentist
"Good thing they ruled out ties to terrorism before an investigation got under way, or else this could have gotten ugly. "

And the next obligatory step is to find out what political party he belongs to.../sarc
9 posted on 04/23/2010 12:45:58 PM PDT by FrankR (Those of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Especially in China!


10 posted on 04/23/2010 12:46:26 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The hysteria of Matthewsism and Andersonism has led to a Tea Party Scare that is unAmerican.)
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To: theDentist

I wonder if they just have a FBI doll that says that when you pull the string in back?

Or perhaps a Magif 8-Ball with all answers being the same ‘no ties to terrorism’?


11 posted on 04/23/2010 12:46:36 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy ("It's not the number of burnt cars that worries me. It's the fact that everyone finds this normal..")
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To: Ready4Freddy

home grown moose with a “pseudo hijacking”?


12 posted on 04/23/2010 12:47:21 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Ready4Freddy

B.J. Clintoon blames TEA parties in 5....4.....3....


13 posted on 04/23/2010 12:47:39 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Maybe he’s French!


14 posted on 04/23/2010 12:49:02 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: a fool in paradise

He looks like a Joe the Plummer type, only with more miles on his mug. Basic knucklehead.


15 posted on 04/23/2010 12:49:04 PM PDT by muleskinner ("You know the Germans always make good stuff')
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To: Ready4Freddy

Can the doors of an airplane really be opened while the plane is in the air? I would hope that they were locked and it would at least take an act of the pilot to unlock them.

I’d hate to think any idiot could get up and jokingly pull the handle and open the doors.


16 posted on 04/23/2010 12:49:41 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: HiTech RedNeck
We'll see...

Sheffield allegedly damaged a bathroom and tried to enter the flight deck when seven passengers sprang into action and restrained him.

Gotta love those passengers. 'Let's roll'.

'Home grown moose', I love it!

17 posted on 04/23/2010 12:52:52 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy ("It's not the number of burnt cars that worries me. It's the fact that everyone finds this normal..")
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To: Ready4Freddy
"Get behind me, Satan". A little misdirection by al-Sheffield?

Probably just a misguided fan of The White Stripes.


18 posted on 04/23/2010 12:53:19 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: CharlesWayneCT

They should be locked, and even if they weren’t, the pressure difference prevents anyone from opening them at altitude.

However, there have been incidents in unpressurized planes, or in planes that were not at a high enough altitude, where a nut did manage to open a door or even to jump out.


19 posted on 04/23/2010 12:56:53 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Constitution Day
Or this guy:


20 posted on 04/23/2010 12:58:09 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy ("It's not the number of burnt cars that worries me. It's the fact that everyone finds this normal..")
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To: All
"Get behind me, Satan". A little misdirection by al-Sheffield?

Or he might have been talking to his imaginary friend moohummed in the bear suit.

21 posted on 04/23/2010 1:00:23 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy ("It's not the number of burnt cars that worries me. It's the fact that everyone finds this normal..")
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Sounds like passengers restrainted his moose limbs.


22 posted on 04/23/2010 1:01:00 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The hysteria of Matthewsism and Andersonism has led to a Tea Party Scare that is unAmerican.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

I have a theory about some of these nutcases that do crazy things on aircraft. I believe that it may be related to the decreased pressure and low oxygen content of the passenger cabin air. In her book “Flying Blind, Flying Safe” Mary Schiavo mentioned the fact that the amount of fresh air input into the aircraft is controlled either by the pilot of the airline owner, and it has an effect on fuel efficiency. She also said that some airlines deliberately kept the amount of fresh air low. I have absolutely no evidence that insufficient oxygen would cause the nutty behavior.


23 posted on 04/23/2010 1:25:35 PM PDT by matthew fuller (#11. Thou shalt not argue with morons.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Managed to break a zip tie and a leather belt? Perhaps excessive use of PCP.


24 posted on 04/23/2010 1:34:20 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: PAR35

My thought also...pcp, crack, meth....or Rev Wright


25 posted on 04/23/2010 1:38:06 PM PDT by BubbaJunebug (s)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
"Can the doors of an airplane really be opened while the plane is in the air?"

The doors open inwards, so let's assume that you have a door that is 24" x 48" (an airplane door is a bit bigger) you would have 1,152 sq inches of surface area. Now if there is just a 1 PSI difference between inside and outside (inside being higher of course), then you would need to exert 1,152 pounds of force on the door to get it to move inward. This is one of the factors that led to the deaths in Apollo 1, they had an inward opening door and were conducting the test with 19.7 PSI or so and it would have taken an elephant standing on the door to get it to open.

At cruising altitude (39,000' or so) the difference between inside and outside is over 8 PSI. So going back to the 24" x 48" with 1,152 sq inches, it would take over 4 tons of force to open the door inward. Muhammed himself couldn't pull that off.

26 posted on 04/23/2010 1:40:27 PM PDT by rednesss (fascism is the union,marriage,merger or fusion of corporate economic power with governmental power)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

if you pay attention the next time you are on a plane, you will notice that in order to open a door, they must first pull it in and then push it out to open. This would take strength on the order of the Incredible Hulk to do at altitude since you would be pulling towards the high pressure side of the door. remember that pressure is measured in pounds per square inch. A typical arliner door is roughly 6’ (72”) tall by 2’ (24”) wide - maybe wider. This gives us 1,728 square inches of surface are over which the psi diff must be calculated. I don’t remember off hand the exact pressure difference between a pressurized cabin (pressurized to the equivalent of 8,000’ altitude) and the outside pressure at 30,000 ft altitude, but it’s in the 5-10 psi range. Even if it’s only a 5psi difference, He would need to pull the door inwards with a force of 8,640 lbs.

Do you think a human being could do that? Only an enraged Bruce Banner could do it, IMHO...


27 posted on 04/23/2010 1:44:57 PM PDT by stefanbatory (Weed out the RINOs! Sign the pledge. conservativepledge.org)
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To: rednesss

drat...I got interupted by a phone call...hence your explanation beat mine...:(


28 posted on 04/23/2010 1:46:53 PM PDT by stefanbatory (Weed out the RINOs! Sign the pledge. conservativepledge.org)
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To: Never on my watch
Let's see.....assume the door is 5'6” by 2'6”...or about 1980 square inches.

Now, assume 8.3PSID...that gives about 16,400 pounds of pressure on the door. Since it's a plug door he would have to pull it inward to open it.

29 posted on 04/23/2010 1:51:40 PM PDT by starlifter (Sapor Amo Pullus)
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To: Ready4Freddy

The most famous Lee who was a killer had it as his first name, not his middle name.


30 posted on 04/23/2010 1:55:58 PM PDT by dmz
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To: CharlesWayneCT

I was assigned an exit row seat one time and the flight attendant asked me (before take off) if I understood how to open the door in an emergency. I said “Don’t you just go like this?” while reaching toward the handle (I was just going to pantomime), and she got a little excited, so I’m guessing there is no electical lock on it.


31 posted on 04/23/2010 1:56:22 PM PDT by postoak
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To: starlifter

The Embraer E-170 I was on this morning has doors that open outward.


32 posted on 04/23/2010 1:57:11 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: mvpel

Correct. The door pulls in then twists to fit through the opening to swing out on the hinges. The design is that even if everything falls, pressure holds the door in place.


33 posted on 04/23/2010 2:03:10 PM PDT by starlifter (Sapor Amo Pullus)
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To: matthew fuller
I have a theory about some of these nutcases that do crazy things on aircraft. I believe that it may be related to the decreased pressure and low oxygen content of the passenger cabin air.

I think there's a simpler explanation; alcohol consumption prior to and during the flight.

34 posted on 04/23/2010 2:06:39 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Ready4Freddy
Anyone who gets out of line and makes threats of any kind on an aircraft is a terrorist. Somehow, TSA, the administration, the terrorist apoligists, Janet "FewerBrainCellsThanAGoldfish" Napolitano, and lefties everywere don't realize that: By not calling it for what it is, terrorism, your encouraging more of it.
35 posted on 04/23/2010 2:13:29 PM PDT by HardStarboard
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To: Ready4Freddy

“Crew members and passengers on Delta flight 2148 to Tampa subdued Stanley Dwayne Sheffield”

If ol D-wayne ain’t in the ER, you are not doing it right.....


36 posted on 04/23/2010 3:52:39 PM PDT by ASOC (In case of attack, tune to 640 kilocycles or 1240 kilocycles on your AM dial.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Just get down below 10K feet, reduce speed and help him out the door at that time...

Button back up and proceed to your original destination...

No muss no fuss...


37 posted on 04/23/2010 5:36:24 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus sayin')
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To: Ready4Freddy

Oddly enough, he shares a first name with our Dear Leader’s mother.


38 posted on 04/23/2010 5:58:38 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: All

http://avherald.com/h?article=42a865f1&opt=0

“Incident: Delta Airlines A320 near Albuquerque on Apr 23rd 2010, unruly passenger”

By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Apr 23rd 2010 19:52Z, last updated Friday, Apr 23rd 2010 19:52Z

SNIPPET: “A Delta Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration N319US performing flight DL-2148 (dep Apr 22nd) from Los Angeles,CA to Tampa,FL (USA), was enroute at FL350 about 120nm south of Albuquerque,NM when the crew decided to divert to Albuquerque because of an unruly passenger on board.”

SNIPPET: “Testimony provided to the court said, that the male passenger (46) started to behave strange about 1.5 hour into the flight after visiting a bathroom and causing some damage in there. When he returned, he began to yell, grabbed a bottle from a trolley and sprayed fellow passengers. Subsequently he attempted to open the front airplane door and voiced threats, that the airplane needed to land immediately or he would blow it up. Fellow passengers took action and restrained the unruly, who fought back injuring himself.”


39 posted on 04/24/2010 12:02:12 AM PDT by Cindy
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