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Re: Arm the flight attendants and lock the cockpit.

by John M. Dlugosz (Monsignor)
on Sep 15, 2001 at 02:38 UTC ( #112571=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Arm the flight attendants and lock the cockpit.

Like my barber said, a toothpick can be threatening, if you're mean enough.

I find it incredible that they could hold people at knife-point. Maybe I'm not so easily intimidated because I'm bigger than most people I encounter. But that's the key: the crew and passangers should have more confidance!

Picture this: would-be hijacker uses a sharp implement on the captain. He plays along to buy time. Then the stewdess breaks his skull with the fire extinguisher.

No security guard with a dedicated job, but what if all the beverage servers also had martial-arts training? Maybe just one is a blackbelt, but everyone would have more confidance in a situation and could handle themselves in a manner other than as sheep.


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Re: Re: Arm the flight attendants and lock the cockpit.
by robsv (Curate) on Sep 15, 2001 at 23:27 UTC
    Now that we've all seen the coverage of Tuesday's terrorist acts, and had time to think, it's certainly easy to speculate as to what happened on those aircraft, and how we would have conducted ourselves.

    Your comment about "everyone would have more confidance in a situation and could handle themselves in a manner other than as sheep" is probably not terribly appropriate. Passengers and crew on at least one of the flights weren't "sheep", from what's been reported. The simple fact is, we don't know how they conducted themselves - we weren't there.

    BTW, they're not "beverage servers" - they're flight attendants. Their training involves a lot more than pushing a beverage cart - talk to one someday - you might be surprised what they have to learn.

    - robsv
Re: Re: Arm the flight attendants and lock the cockpit.
by aardvark (Pilgrim) on Sep 20, 2001 at 07:02 UTC
    SHEEP! Come on man you have no idea what went on in those planes. I don't think anybody could imagine what was about to happen.

    If this ever happens again, hopefully you will be on the plane and save us all ya big strong lug. But then again, since you are bigger than most, maybe they'll slit your throat first.

      Yesterday on "Deadline Discovery", I learned that the plane that crashed without hitting any target or killing anyone who was on the ground was scuttled by passengers who did fight back. Jeremy and his cohorts saved the whitehouse. I heard GWB refer to them in passing as being among the heros. I hope they get individual and specific recognition from Congress.

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