December 3, 2009, - 5:15 pm

Another Muslim Hijacking Dry Run?: If True, Tedd Petruna’s My New Hero; UPDATE: CONFIRMED

By Debbie Schlussel

****  UPDATE, 12/06/09:  AirTran resorts to attacking passengers and engaging in character assassination to deflect Muslim Dry Run story.  Airline may be sued for defamation. ****

**** Another Passenger Confirms AirTran Flight 297 Terrorist Dry Run **** **** UPDATE: Read Steve Gill’s Interview with AirTran Flight 297 Passenger Chaplain Dr. Keith A. Robinson ****

****  UPDATE, 9:41 p.m. ET: Earlier today, I contacted Tedd Petruna, the brave passenger on AirTran Flight 297, who–with another Texan–saved the day from apparent Islamic terrorists, leaving him a voicemail message asking for confirmation of the e-mail and events below.  Mr. Petruna called me back, tonight, and confirmed that he did write the e-mail below and that it’s all true.  WAKE. UP. AMERICA.  We are under siege.  ****


I begin with the caveat that I don’t know whether or not this is true.  However, it certainly sounds like it is, and the guy-Tedd J. Petruna of NASA–has his e-mail address and home and work phone numbers plastered all over the internet as does his friend, A. Gene Hackemack, who sent this out.  I’m glad he did.  People need to know about this stuff, which the FBI, TSA, and every other fed in the alphabet soup of the “We’re Here to Help You” Souffle is trying to keep under wraps.  I think it’s probably true.


We know Muslims have been constantly doing this to test the system.  And as I previously wrote, the recent settlement by US Airways with the Six Flying Imams will only encourage more of this.  And we have people, like Clintonista federal Judge Ann Montgomery, to blame for it.  If we were in a Muslim country, these guys were be tortured to death and cut up like a butchered chicken for dinner by now.  They would never accept this constant Muslim dry run, testing the system baloney.  They’d get control of their country.  But instead of control, we’ve had a steady diet of limp-wristed Bush and Obama types “running” the show, or rather having “the show” run them . . . and us.  Too bad we don’t have real men like Tedd Petruna running things, assuming this is true.  And  I believe it is.

Oh, and for the record, his stuff about Muslims having to watch strippers in a mirror, you can bet that ain’t what Mohammed Atta did before 9/11 with his silicone valleyed chicas from The Pink Pony.  I’m sure he watched them dead on, along with his fellow future mass-murdering jihadist hijackers.

This is unbelievable. The article in the below link does not indicate in the least what really happened.

I, Gene Hackemack, received this email from my good friend Tedd Petruna, a diver at the NBL facility [Neutral Buoyancy Lab], at NASA Houston, whom I used to work with.  Tedd happened to be on this same Flt. 297, Atlanta to Houston .

In my opinion, the muslims are all getting very brave now, since they have one of their own in the white house……read Tedd’s story below.

Semper Fi

Gene Hackemack

PS…can you imagine, our own news media now are so politically correct that they are afraid to report that these were all muslims…unbelievable. Thank God for people like Tedd Petruna.

A. Gene Hackemack

[Redacted by DS] cell & home

[Home Address Redacted by DS]

—– Original Message —–


To: undisclosed-recipients

Sent: Friday, November 27, 2009 11:32 AM

Subject: Long story short….

One week ago, I went to Ohio on business and to see my father.  On Tuesday, November the 17th, I returned home.  If you read the papers the 18th you may have seen a blurb where a AirTran flight was cancelled from Atlanta to Houston due to a man who refused to get off of his cell phone before takeoff.  It was on Fox.

This was NOT what happened.

I was in 1st class coming home.  11 Muslim men got on the plane in full attire.  2 sat in 1st class and the rest peppered themselves throughout the plane all the way to the back.

As the plane taxied to the runway the stewardesses gave the safety spiel we are all so familiar with.  At that time, one of the men got on his cell and called one of his companions in the back and proceeded to talk on the phone in Arabic very loudly and very aggressively.  This took the 1st stewardess out of the picture for she repeatedly told the man that cell phones were not permitted at the time.  He ignored her as if she was not there.

The 2nd man who answered the phone did the same and this took out the 2nd stewardess.  In the back of the plane at this time, 2 younger Muslims, one in the back, isle, and one in front of him, window, began to show footage of a porno they had taped the night before, and were very loud about it.  Now….they are only permitted to do this prior to Jihad.  If a Muslim man goes into a strip club, he has to view the woman via mirror with his back to her.  (don’t ask me….I don’t make the rules, but I’ve studied)  The 3rd stewardess informed them that they were not to have electronic devices on at this time.  To which one of the men said “shut up infidel dog!”  She went to take the camcorder and he began to scream in her face in Arabic.  At that exact moment, all 11 of them got up and started to walk the cabin.  This is where I had had enough!  I got up and started to the back where I heard a voice behind me from another Texan twice my size say “I got your back.”  I grabbed the man who had been on the phone by the arm and said “you WILL go sit down or you Will be thrown from this plane!”  As I “led” him around me to take his seat, the fellow Texan grabbed him by the back of his neck and his waist and headed out with him.  I then grabbed the 2nd man and said, “You WILL do the same!”  He protested but adrenaline was flowing now and he was going to go.  As I escorted him forward the plane doors open and 3 TSA agents and 4 police officers entered.  Me and my new Texan friend were told to cease and desist for they had this under control.  I was happy to oblige actually.  There was some commotion in the back, but within moments, all 11 were escorted off the plane.  They then unloaded their luggage.

We talked about the occurrence and were in disbelief that it had happen, when suddenly, the door open again and on walked all 11!!  Stone faced, eyes front and robotic (the only way I can describe it).  The stewardess from the back had been in tears and when she saw this, she was having NONE of it!  Being that I was up front, I heard and saw the whole ordeal.  She told the TSA agent there was NO WAY she was staying on the plane with these men.  The agent told her they had searched them and were going to go through their luggage with a fine tooth comb and that they were allowed to proceed to Houston .  The captain and co-captain came out and told the agent “we and our crew will not fly this plane!”  After a word or two, the entire crew, luggage in tow, left the plane.  5 minutes later, the cabin door opened again and a whole new crew walked on.

Again…..this is where I had had enough!!!  I got up and asked “What the hell is going on!?!?”  I was told to take my seat.  They were sorry for the delay and I would be home shortly.  I said “I’m getting off this plane”.  The stewardess sternly told me that she could not allow me to get off.  (now I’m mad!)  I said “I am a grown man who bought this ticket, who’s time is mine with a family at home and I am going through that door, or I’m going through that door with you under my arm!!  But I am going through that door!!”  And I heard a voice behind me say “so am I”.  Then everyone behind us started to get up and say the same.  Within 2 minutes, I was walking off that plane where I was met with more agents who asked me to write a statement.  I had 5 hours to kill at this point so why the hell not.  Due to the amount of people who got off that flight, it was cancelled.  I was supposed to be in Houston at 6pm.  I got here at 12:30am.

Look up the date.  Flight 297 Atlanta to Houston .

If this wasn’t a dry run, I don’t know what one is.  The terrorists wanted to see how TSA would handle it, how the crew would handle it, and how the passengers would handle it.

I’m telling this to you because I want you to know….

The threat is real.  I saw it with my own eyes….

-Tedd Petruna

**** UPDATE: A. Gene Hackemack is now sending out this update:


My emails are now running into the thousands each day, which is actually a very good sign, but it also now prevents me from answering each one personally – a 24 hour job for the last 3 days! Let me assure you that the events on AirTran Flight 297 did occur. Mr. Petruna almost got fired from his job, so he is no longer available, however, now other eye-witnesses are also stepping forth, such as Chaplain Dr. Keith Robinson who was on that same flight. His appearance on Fox News adds the validity that this event it deserves.

You can go to now and type in either Chaplain Dr. Keith Robinson or Petruna or Hackemack (or all three) and find the information that you might be searching for when you sent me this email.

Thank you again for your email and rest assured that these events that you are checking validity to – did indeed occur. – Gene

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224 Responses

shame this has all been debunked.

Oh well.. don’t let the truth get in the way of some good ol’ fashioned racism..

Truth Squad on December 6, 2009 at 10:48 am

If this were a “dry run”, why would these guys call so much attention to themselves? As your video still from 9/11 shows, they dress and act to blend in before the plane takes off.

Oh well, a nice bit of RW paranoid email lore from the suddenly unavailable Mr Petruna.

Richardo on December 6, 2009 at 1:34 pm

One of the more disturbing aspects of this story is that fact that Mr. Petruna and his friend, Gene Hackamack, work at NASA (via Raytheon). Maybe that story about finding water on the moon isn’t true either.

space nut on December 6, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Maybe the newly found “water” came from them as this drips are obviously hydrocephalic as apposed to the usual microencephalics.

    TheSkepticalCynic on December 6, 2009 at 4:49 pm


Brock Montana on December 6, 2009 at 5:23 pm


Brock Montana on December 6, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Brock, you’ve got it all wrong! You’ve got a true American Hero and bunch of terrorists. Who are you going to believe?

American vs. Muslim – the American is *always* right. End of Story. Case closed. That’s all you need to know.

Wayne Cleawater on December 6, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Can I get an Amen?

Wayne Cleawater on December 6, 2009 at 5:33 pm

This guy is a LIAR and is/was attempting to create some sort of muslim panic.

How pitiful that you would even run this entire false story. What a bunch of idiots.

chris p on December 6, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Amazing. Simply amazing.

The big right-wing noise machine messes it pants from time to time, and sometimes the lies can’t be hidden.

Poor gullible people.

Dave on December 6, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Don’t worry Debbie. Just keep drinking the kool-aid and put your fingers in your ears so that you won’t have to accept that you were pwned. Keep this up and maybe FOX will give you their next prime-time show. After all, you need to prove that you can make shit up and not ever admit when you made a mistake.

Debbie Schlussel's dealer on December 6, 2009 at 7:46 pm

In a way I can’t blame those terrorists. Scientists say that muslims are genetically inferior to Americans. They’re just sore losers.

Wayne Cleawater on December 6, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Why so racist? Inferior? I doubt science casts a race as just “inferior” (maybe with lower IQ average, or another trait)! the only thing inferior here is your inteligence. You see, if you’re talking about genetics, then you mean the american race is superior to the muslim race. The thing is, America, is not a race, it’s a nationality. Muslim is a belief, or religion. And not all muslims are terrorists.

    I thought humanity had already recognized these facts!
    Where do you orthodox people hide out while the rest of us get informed?

    Roberta on December 6, 2009 at 9:44 pm

      Don’t yell at me, little miss. Scientists Say Muslims Are Racially Inferior. And you can’t argue with SCIENCE.

      Wayne Cleawater on December 6, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Who is dumb enough to believe this?

Amos Walker on December 6, 2009 at 9:15 pm

… Except for the parts about Evolution and Global Warming.

Wayne Cleawater on December 6, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    You’re an idiot.

    Mike Clarke on December 6, 2009 at 11:00 pm

      That lump in Clearwater’s cheek is his tongue, I suspect.

      Ron Cantrell on December 8, 2009 at 10:50 am

The passenger interviewed for the Marietta Journal article actually disputes some of what Petruna says. But maybe he was an “Infidel Dog”. Who knows?

TrollinforJesus on December 6, 2009 at 10:40 pm

I’ll be honest… I’m more terrified of neocons than any “terrorist” because of delusional patriotic drivel like this.

Please, put your tin foil hats back on, take your Prozac, and relax. Happiness is only a bullet away.

SirDonkus on December 7, 2009 at 1:37 am

Petruna wasn’t even on the flight in question!

Gene Callahan on December 7, 2009 at 3:45 am

    Oh, so you’re going to believe teh Terrorists over an American Hero? That makes you one of them. Just like our so-called President, Husane Obama. He’s also the ANTICHRIST, which is why he has no birth certificate.

    Wayne Cleawater on December 7, 2009 at 8:03 am

We found this at Keith Olbermann’s favorite blog, the Daily Kos, where HankNYNY’s headline took aim at the real villain of the piece–Fox News!”

‘DEBUNKED: FOX News – Debbie Schlussel -9/12 Project All Backed “Dry Run” Islamist Hijack Attempt’

“Now here’s a coincidence. Just like Chattabox, Kos’s exposé of this blatant Fox News error makes no mention whatsoever of just how Fox “backed” the claim of a “dry run”. Nothing! Perhaps mindful of this fact, the Kossack later added a comment to his own post:”

‘FOX News ran an interview w Robinson [Schlussel]. I wanted to clarify the headline, since no other primary source was from FOX News in my diary.’

“Keith Robinson was another passenger on this plane, and as a source for his alleged Fox News “interview” Hank cites…Debbie Schlussel, whom Hank has just attacked as untrustworthy! We checked out [Schlussel’s piece], and she doesn’t say FNC did an interview with this guy. She reprints someone else’s email mentioning a Robinson appearance on Fox News. So Hank’s “proof” is an email from one of the people he’s debunking. That’s his source for smearing Fox News?!?”

“We looked long and hard for this “Fox News” interview with Keith Robinson, without success. Regardless, for HankNYNY this detail was too good to check, so he made it the lead in his headline! And he’s not the only one who sought to implicate FNC.”
J$P: FOX Haters Week in Review

StewartIII on December 7, 2009 at 4:30 am

    This article is claptrap right from the start:

    “It’s classic–it plays like a greatest hits to the wing nuts rabid minds:

    -Christian superiority
    -Hero worship”

    More support for American Heroes and Christian Superiority is what America needs most! And we need to tell the truth about the Muslim Race! Before it’s too late!

    Wayne Cleawater on December 7, 2009 at 9:59 am

“Don’t yell at me, little miss. Scientists Say Muslims Are Racially Inferior. And you can’t argue with SCIENCE.”
Wayne Cleawater on December 6, 2009 at 9:56 pm

“…Except for the parts about Evolution and Global Warming.”
Wayne Cleawater on December 6, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Totally. What these so-called scientists don’t realize is that The Flintstones was actually a documentary. Jeebus rode a dinosaur! Ken Ham told me so it must be true! Also, ya know how great American Tedd Petruna knew that guy was a Muslim terrorist? Because someone told him the guy had brown skin and didn’t speak English! Of course he’s a jihadist! How can all these other commenters be so dense?

rubio on December 7, 2009 at 5:08 am

I find myself looking around the plane each time I fly, I never sleep on a flight, I definitely PROFILE people within eye sight of me, and you guys are crazy if you dont check out your IT CAN HAPPEN AGAIN. So you better have an plan yourself and not take the wait and see attitude. Fool me once shame on me, fool me twice shame on you!. next time a Texan, a floridian, or a Carolinian might just be their WORST enemy.

Amazing Grace on December 7, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Yeah, and be sure and taske your god-given gun on the plane with you.

    Ron Cantrell on December 8, 2009 at 10:52 am

Thanks you Grace. This is what I’m talking about! Terrorism has become one of the leading causes of death among White Christian Patriots. We are at war. We didn’t start it, because we’re the good guys. But we sure are gonna finish it. And then those islams are gonna be sorry. Anybody with half a brain can tell a terrorist just by looking at him. It’s time to take the fight the bad guys who started it. Am I right or am I right?

Wayne Cleawater on December 7, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Nope, you’re just a moron.

    not28 on December 7, 2009 at 10:24 am

And the airlines version of events is here
You might want to check it out… But you wont because you enjoy your conspiracy theories…

Shril on December 7, 2009 at 10:54 am

Poor Debbie. I guess it was just a dry hump.

Liberal AND Proud on December 7, 2009 at 11:50 am

AmazingGrace just gave in to the terrorists by being so paranoid. If you live life so scared, then you are a coward. The whole point of terrorism is not merely to cause harm by terroristic incidents, but also to instill fear into the intended targeted population between those incidents. By acting scared between incidents, you have let the terrorists win.

Ralph on December 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm

This is hilarious. I especially like the part where the story has been “confirmed” because one guy knows Petruna and swears he wouldn’t lie, and another guy from a right wing “chaplains” group talkled to some people on the flight, but wasn’t even there! You guys are nuts.

ChrisO on December 7, 2009 at 12:43 pm


Samuel Westinghouse on December 7, 2009 at 12:48 pm

The flight was not canceled, only delayed;

GOAT on December 7, 2009 at 1:34 pm

“Terrorism has become one of the leading causes of death among White Christian Patriots.”

Well, no. Your fondness for barbecued potato chips, parking your ass on the couch to watch FOX all night, and sitting too close to the NASCAR track present a far greater risk.

white unchristian patriot -- all depends on how you define patriotism, doesn't it? on December 7, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Oops, hadn’t finished reading that post or any others of Wayne’s. Carry on, good parodist.

white unchristian patriot -- all depends on how you define patriotism, doesn't it? on December 7, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Uh, guys–

I think Wayne Clearwater is being facetious.

Theocracy on December 7, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Debbie —

Awww you cropped your photo. I guess it’s nice that you still use the same picture from 5-6 years ago, but it was more interesting with the fuller original photo — that you edited (deleting half of your stomach) to make it look like you had bigger tits.

eric on December 7, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Even though this story makes swiss cheese look solid, it now has a life of its own. For anyone who’s afraid to fly, just make sure you wear your Christmas Sweater [(tm) Glenn Beck] and no harm will come to you.

You just can’t make this stuff up! (But someone did)

theWalrus on December 7, 2009 at 2:11 pm


I want to thank you for bringing an important issue to our attention. To wit, has a Republic ever fallen because it’s citizens became just TOO FUCKING STUPID to govern themselves? I know you’re on the leading edge of that story and I hope to hear more from you on this important topic.


Tim on December 7, 2009 at 2:47 pm

I am not being a facetioust! It’s you America-Hating Liberals who are the Fascists! Trying to cram all this BS down our throats – like evolution, global warming, and the Round Earth. And suppressing the truth about Time Cube!

Wayne Cleawater on December 7, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Debbie, you’re the girl for me. You’re not like the others. I know you understand.

Wayne Cleawater on December 7, 2009 at 3:04 pm

TSA confirmed they didn’t board the plane.

This is a load of hooey.

Goober on December 7, 2009 at 3:07 pm

You batshit tub of lard. The story is a fraud. Retract it. You insane rightwing abomination.

DebbieisChubby on December 7, 2009 at 3:17 pm

People this ignorant usually aren’t so proud of it.

Near the top of this post, in bold, is the word UNBELIEVABLE.

now try to figure out why that is.

C’mon man.

Bob Roberts on December 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Suppose for a moment that you are a right-winger, and suppose also that you are a complete moron. But I repeat myself. In any case, suppose you actually believe this story.

If the “dry run” strategy of the terrorists involves making the biggest scene possible in an airliner, on US territory, post-September 11th 2001, what the hell do we have to fear from them? Jeebus they seem to be so stupid that instead of wetting themselves in fear, the Republicans should recruit these mooslim invaders as party members! Surely as fellow fundamentalists they will find much in common.

InFullAttire on December 7, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Let’s put this simply – Debbie is a moron and Tedd is a liar.

Personwithabrain on December 7, 2009 at 4:05 pm

I’m wondering why Mr.Disturbedtuna had to add the porn part. He’s got sex on his mind. Does he like the disturbed sex like oh say of a “Diaper Dumping Whoremonger” David Vitter? Or does he prefer the “Homo Toilet Cruiser” Larry Craig?Or does he like the Meth fueled homosexual variety of Ted Haggert? I think it’s all the crazy sexual deviation that makes these people invent these outrageous stories. Don’t get me wrong I hope they never shut up. As long as they’re fantasizing I’m laughing.

Trig Palins Twin Brother on December 7, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Mexicans watching porn and dressing up as Muslims obviously gets Ted horney. Since he’s the hero in his imaginary porn movie does that make him the “top”? Stroke it Ted stroke it.

Trig Palins Twin Brother on December 7, 2009 at 4:14 pm

OMG. Totally getting an archive of this web page. Hahahahaha. What an idiot to believe such drivel. Infidel dog, I’m sure. LOL!

Melanie on December 7, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Tedd is an American Hero. Muslim in the White house was just the first step. Obama’s buddies planning more. Republicans must take this country back!

Reddy Teddy on December 7, 2009 at 5:01 pm


Did you run this story to prove your stupid enough to be a republican presidential candidate?

Jeff on December 7, 2009 at 5:12 pm

wayne in clearwater – its because of people like you and Debbie here that republicans are losing elections. earth is flat and evolution a lie? holy cow. keep up the good work though, Im sure liberals want even MORE power in DC

patrick on December 7, 2009 at 5:18 pm

More phony macho patriotic bs from the chickenhawk crowd. And fittingly from Texass no less. These people would actually piss their pants and cry to their mommy if they we’re actually threatened.

Idiotland on December 7, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Hey, wait a minute! If Sarah Palin likes to hunt moose, does that mean she’s a Mooselim? :^0

Tom on December 7, 2009 at 5:30 pm

No, Tom–she’s the Moosiah.

Jim89048 on December 7, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Hmm… Mr. Brown admits to assaulting a stewardess, and he’s the hero?

Eric von Kleist on December 7, 2009 at 7:42 pm

It’s fairly obvious that the four cops and the three TSA officers were under orders from the Muslim in the White House to let them continue on with their terrorist attack, otherwise the 11 men would have been arrested for the many flagrant violations of airline safety laws cited by Mr. Petruna.

LewScannon on December 7, 2009 at 8:37 pm

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