Skip to comments.Exclusive Interview: Passenger Aboard Grounded Flight with Phony ‘Air Marshals’ (tonight)
Posted on 09/11/2011 9:08:28 PM PDT by STARWISE
Alert readers have reported that their flight, United Airlines 3681, from St. Louis to Washington Dulles had to make an emergency return to the gate as it prepared for take-off.
According to local officials, it was found that two men who had boarded the plane as federal air marshals didnt have the proper credentials.
Passengers were deplaned, all luggage was removed and re-scanned. All passengers were also re-screened. Passengers are now in the process of re-boarding. There is no word on the two air marshals.
BigGovernment has contacted security officials in St. Louis. Ron Meyer, of Young America Foundation, was aboard the flight and granted an exclusive interview to Breitbart.tv.
Interestingly, we understand that Oliver North is on the flight, as well. Developing
Video at site.
Can’t wait to find out more about those POSs.
Agreed ... also no confirmation located of incident. Did it happen; other than unconfirmed report of it happened?
Appears to be BS. Nobody else has picked up the story. The original story has not been updated, even though the flight landed at IAD over two hours ago.
I see nothing at fox2now.com, kmov.com, ksdk.com, kplr11.com or stltoday.com - surely someone would be on top of it.
That's nothing. I heard some guy of questionable patrimony and Marxist ideology got on Air Force One the other day and claimed to be President of the United States.
Yeah, and those of us who said somebody should check his qualifications were immediately called extremist, lunatic conspiracy theorists by everybody including the so-called “conservative heroes”.
TESTING .. 1 .. 2 ... 3
Now that is rich. I got a good chortle from that line.
Dude, Google “phony air marshalls” and this thread is the VERY FIRST on Google..
Thinking that over half the country is asleep. Could be nobody can confirm or deny. Saw the comment of local officials (unnamed). Heard the passenger comments (named). Not seeing updates, as was stated in your post. If something happened, and is not being reported or updated, did it happen or is there a reason not to report? Just do not have a clue on this one. Unknown is all can come up with.
The only way the government would approve of us knowing about this is if the phony air marshals were Americans.
Hmmm .. it’s from Breitbart, seemingly reputable source. Townhall reported on it
On Route to D.C. Plane Forced to Land After Men Falsely Claim to be Air Marshals
Posted at 7:48 PM ET, 9/11/2011
9:44 pm Plane has been cleared for take-off.
Ron Meyer interview on the scene:
Video not found
9:25 p.m. Security officials haven’t returned phone calls at this point to comment.
8:26 p.m. Oliver North was flying first class on this flight.
8:17 p.m. There are now unconfirmed reports from St. Louis that F-16 fighter jets are in the area.
7:50 p.m. Young America’s Foundation Program Officer Ron Meyer was aboard United (corrected, previously wrote U.S. Airways) Flight 3681 going from St. Louis to Dulles Airport near Washington D.C. and has informed me the plane was forced to land 10 minutes ago after two men stood up on the plane and declared they were Federal Air Marshals. The men were then asked for paperwork to prove the claim, and when it couldn’t be produced, the plane made an emergency landing. Passengers are being forced to deplane, all luggage is being checked again and all passengers must be checked back in.
Breitbart’s video is still up
Hey Max .. I’m not a dude, dude.
Hot Air also picked it up.
“Alert readers have reported that their flight, United Airlines 3681, from St. Louis to Washington Dulles had to make an emergency return to the gate as it prepared for take-off.”
Heh. Seems that even their “half-asleep readers” would have noticed it too. ;)
air marshalson this flight back to DC from St. Louis. News reports have Ollie giving a speech near St. Louis yesterday. So, I expect we'll hear more about this incident, whatever it is.
Update from Breitbart
UPDATE: Ron Meyer of Young America Foundation, who was on the flight along with Lt. Col. Oliver North confirms to BigGovernment that the flight has landed safely at Dulles International Airport.
Meyer spoke with North and the captain of the flight and provides us more details on the strange events.
The two gentlemen in question were acting strangely prior to take-off.
They were both in the airplane bathroom for quite some time and when confronted by airline personnel they identified themselves as Federal Air Marshals.
Neither could produce paperwork confirming this identification and were removed from the plane in handcuffs. According to Lt. Col. North, who was sitting next to one of the men, they were both Caucasian.
After deplaning and removing all baggage and having the plane inspected, the passengers re-boarded and the flight resumed without incident.
Update 2: Two other September 11 flights aroused alarm, in each case also involving small groups of passengers who made repeated or lengthy visits to the lavatory together. Both flights-one American Airlines flight from LAX to JFK, the other a Frontier Airlines flight from Denver to Detroitwere escorted by fighter jets to their respective destinations.
Will we learn what these other bathroom junkies were doing and their current status, detained or not?
Your memory is a little off. It was abu nidal that threatened Ollie.OBL was an unknown back then.
Don't think so. I think the concern back then was more Abu Jihad, Gaddhafi, the Ayatollah and that crowd.
Of course, I might be wrong...
You guys are right.
I went back and listened to the testimony from 1987 on YouTube (Amazing what stuff you can find there!) and North did specifically say “Abu Nidal.”
Ah, well ..... I’ll claim advancing age as my defense.
No need to do that. After 9/11/2001 an email was widely circulated claiming the OBL threatened Ollie North by inserting OBL's name into a section of the testimony written for the email. It grew legs and that is probably where you picked it up 'subconciously'. IIRC, it was so widely believed that snopes got involved and disputed it.
I have gotten that several times.
I never investigated but was sure this was way before bin Laden's time.
Didn't pass it along.
Yep...I received it periodically over the years. Generally I respond to let the sender know it’s bogus.
On an air plane it is “fight or flight” and since you are already in flight there is not other option but to FIGHT!
I hadn’t chortled in a long time!
STLToday.com finally reporting:
USA Today is also reporting the incident, but claiming the two men were in fact air marshals. They are quoting an unnamed “witness”:
And, in St. Louis, a flight to Washington Dulles returned to the gate and passengers rescreened after concerns that two people claiming to be air marshals may have been imposters.
In a story that still appears to be developing, Fox 2 of St. Louis writes:
A witness on board a flight from St. Louis to Dulles Airport in Washington says two men who were originally thought to be behaving oddly on a plane at Lambert Airport Sunday night were indeed federal air marshals.
However, earlier reports on two conservative-leaning websites had quoted witnesses on the flight as saying the men were led off the flight in handcuffs after they could not produce documentation confirming that they were air marshals.
Fox 2 says the TSA released the following statement about the incident:
“United #3681 from St. Louis International (STL) to Washington Dulles (IAD) returned to the gate at the direction of the airline, and all passengers were rescreened at the request of the pilot-in-charge. All passengers were screened with negative findings, and the plane departed for IAD, landing at approximately 10:15 p.m. EDT.”
Have not clicked the links. If they contradict, are we still in unknown? Appreciate the links from both of you. Would like to click but have undergone a recent dos attack, and am having to be careful about links from any and all sources. I am not saying either of the links are a problem, for I do not know. For the time being am being extra careful. Thinking from the posts the links contain contradictory information. Is this a correct assessment?
STLToday.com is more cryptic, stating that the two men were believed to have been imposters, but the TSA said that no one impersonated a federal air marshal. This story says they merely got off the flight - no mention of handcuffs.
Which is why witness recollection is the weakest form of evidence. Although you honestly recollect it, Col North never acually said it.
One extremely bad thing about totalitarian authority of the government is that people will follow the instructions without question of anyone claiming to be a government official.
Update: Clogged toilet led to security scare:
It was seared....seared in your memory. Ooops. LOL.
Gee ... betting you aren’t kidding.
LOL ... the sewer system didn’t work, but the security system worked. You can’t make this stuff up, or did they? Unknown in the toilet. Now that is cause enough to throw people off the plane. Most certainly.
Weird .. and continuing conflicting stories.
Possibly another .. “move along, there’s nothing here” cover spin.
Aggravating and insulting, when govt agencies won’t come clean with the whole scenario.
Yep...especially when people are adamant about what they saw.
Number one, maybe they were having a “San Francisco moment” in the lavatory. The military has to take queers now, why not the Air Marshalls, too?
Number two. If they’re going to be setting of alarms because something isn’t “right” in the lavatories, then I better not eat the chili before my flight home next week!
Amen to both points. When looking for cover blame it on the bathroom or the chili? Bathroom incidences on the other two planes, and now a bathroom incident on this plane. Would say fishy, or something smells here, but I don’t have a line, and am not gaseous (today).
Nothing to see here, move along.
Made me smile. Yep, SOP. Time for a bathroom break per all reports.
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