January 24, 2010, - 1:53 pm
Hmm . . . yet another “drunk, unruly” passenger on a cross-country flight–this time from Washington Dulles to Las Vegas. Funny, I don’t remember this many “drunk, unruly” passengers, trying to crash a plane before November, when a series of these began and, ultimately, the Flight 253 Islamic terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was nearly successful in murdering 300 passengers in U.S. airspace.
I’ll believe this was just a “drunk” passenger, when I find out his name and religion. Until then, I’m reserving judgment. But I’ll say this: thank G-d for brave American men, like my new heroes, Earl Stafford, Art Thomm, Sergei Sandou, and Barry Eynon, who subdued the passenger. For all the “conservative” feminist sniping at me that I’m sexist because I think a mother should actually raise her kids, I’ll tell you this, all of ‘em would prefer a good, strong man–like an Earl Stafford, an Art Thomm, a Sergei Sandou, or a Barry Eynon–to save them from a passenger like this, rather than a Sarah Palin or Kelly Ayotte, who wouldn’t be worth a damn here (kinda like their value in their current jobs). Yup, the new conservative embrace of Betty Friedan’s whines of “sexism” wouldn’t apply here . . . if you really wanted your life saved.
A United Airlines flight from Washington to Las Vegas was diverted to Denver on Saturday night after a passenger became unruly and tried to open a cabin door, authorities said.
Other passengers subdued the man and he was removed from the airplane at the Denver airport, authorities said. The man, who was not identified immediately, was being questioned by the FBI, a bureau spokesman said.
United Flight 223, an Airbus, was carrying 129 passengers and a crew of five when it left Dulles International Airport shortly after 5 p.m., an airline spokesman said. It landed safely at Denver about 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.
Barry Eynon of Coopersburg, Pa., said in a phone interview that he was in the third row when another passsenger “saw this person trying to open the airplane door and trying to get into the cockpit.” The other passenger “jumped up and grabbed him from behind and yelled for help.”
Eynon said, “I jumped up and grabbed him from the front.”
Three or four other passengers also helped to subdue the man, putting him in a seat and ensuring he remained there, Eynon said.
Authorities in Denver said the attempt to open the door was unusual. “We don’t hear that often,” said Denver airport spokesman Jeff Green. Opening the door in the air is “pretty much impossible.”
Is it really impossible? Not with the right equipment, explosives, and know-how. That authorities rule out anything, shows the lack of imagination we are currently dealing with (and have been for the last 8-plus years) in preventing Islamic terrorism.
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