February 15, 2010, - 12:12 pm

Again & Again: Testing the System #567,913 & #567,914 – Cockpit Try & Suspicious Med Device on 2 Flts

By Debbie Schlussel


Can’t wait to hear this guy’s name and his religion.


According to witnesses at Capital Region International Airport, several large men were asked to move to the front of the plane, and passenger was tackled.

A man is hauled off a plane at Capital Region International Airport Sunday night, after passengers tackled him during take-off.

An airport spokesman will only tell us there was an incident. But News Ten has talked with three passengers on Delta Flight 3679 who told us what happened.

Take-off was delayed, and the pilot said it was because of bad weather in Detroit. During that delay, flight attendants asked several large men to move to the front of the plane.

Several passengers tackled a man who had demanded to sit near the cockpit.

They held him down while the plane returned to the gate, where the FBI and TSA took the man off the plane. We don’t know what happened from there. Again, that’s all according to passengers.

I’m sure they’ll tell us he’s just a nut who was concerned with the weather delay (and getting inside the cockpit, which is what all terrorists, er . . . crazy people on planes, do).

And, then, there’s this from yesterday, from the same flight Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to blow up. Was it really just a medical device? Either way, this would make a great cover for an explosive device. Notice how the passenger’s name is conveniently omitted.

Authorities say a Delta flight from Amsterdam to Detroit was met by security after a passenger’s medical device was reported as being suspicious.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Jon Allen says the passenger was interviewed after the plane landed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus on Saturday afternoon and was allowed to leave after telling agents about the device.

Airport spokesman Mike Conway said federal officials determined there was no threat.

Did they really? Or did they just tell us this and try to follow the guy? We’ll never know for sure.

**** UPDATE: The guy on the Lansing, Michigan flight tried to open the door of either the plane or the cockpit.  But, no worries.  The FBI let him goNothing to see here.  Move along.

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16 Responses

Hi Debbie,

Was wondering if you have heard anything about the flight from London (LHR) to Mexico that was turned back, supposedly refused entry into US airspace because of one of the passengers on board? I think it happened on Friday, but just read about it today and the details all seem sketchy.

SquareMileWife on February 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm


Looks like a false alarm….this time


“A man believed to have been suffering a panic attack on a jet as it awaited a flight from Lansing to Detroit Metro Airport on Sunday night had to be subdued by other passengers when he tried to exit the plane, an official said today.”

James Kumatsu on February 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I propose a new directive for all of our airport and in flight security agents. It’s called “Tag ’em and Bag ’em”, and you know who I am talking about – those a##hole muslims who do stupid stuff like this.

Let’s see, Amsterdam to Detroit or Detroit to Amsterdam, there are just way too many incidents for Homeland Security to ignore this threat anymore. Ban all flights to or from Amsterdam. If someone wants to fly to the U.S. from Amsterdam they should fly from another country that has much better security. It’s too bad no one in our gov’t has the balls to put Amsterdam on a no-fly list.

Jarhead on February 15, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Instead of sweeping every single one of these flight incidents under the rug, airlines should go on the offensive and publish every detail immediately, twitter it, & identify the suspects – prior to formal investigations. The public will demand full accountablility and put flight security apparatus on notice, that none of these incidents are going to be tolerated anymore.

Prone to panic attacks on planes, and insist on flying anyway, then suffer the consequences of being placed on the no-fly list once you insist every paying passenger share your panic experience while on board a passenger jet. Enough already.

Notice that in this particular instance, the passenger demanded a seat near the cockpit, alarming the flight attendant who sought additional assistance from able passengers. Good on the passengers who stepped up to the challenge.

Name and shame the passenger who caused the delay and upset.

wtd on February 15, 2010 at 2:59 pm

TSA is not even allowed to tell us if a he or she, Tried to make an exit mid air extraordinary, I hope there would be be a premature exit fee, Like no head or legs on this brown body!

Lars on February 15, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Why is it so rare that a passenger on one of these potential dry-run flights comes forward and provides an eyewitness account of what transpired? Does the TSA or the airlines threaten passengers to take a vow of silence? Do news reporters not try to track down these sources for an interview? It all seems too well managed. I’m highly suspicious.

KingSlav on February 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    The interviewed passenger could face a defamation suit(see Flying Imams Case). Also, the newspaper could face a libel action.

    Worry01 on February 16, 2010 at 1:21 am

If a scum bag has to be taken down on a plane they should go down hard.
I remember a spectator running around on a football field one time, years ago. One of the larger players on the field at the time laid a serious smashing tackle one the drunken idiot. Everyone cheered. Or remember the “Fan Man” that crashed his paraglider into the Riddick Bowe vs Evander Holyfield fight? Oh, the ring side fans put a hurting on that moron. He went out all messed up.lol Some of these “martyrs” start ending up needing stitches and they may not want to be so willing to access the cockpit, or get stupid in general.

Joe on February 15, 2010 at 6:58 pm

It’s encouraging to know that passengers are becoming bolder when these incidents occur, instead of waiting like sheep for some nonexistent air marshal to step up.

Graty Slapchop on February 15, 2010 at 7:55 pm

yes congrats to all passengers who have the balls and brains to take down any of these creeps – and ya take them down HARD!!…real HARD…and just maybe we can send a message out to these muzzie freaks…sure as hell our politicians wont.

BIG IRISH on February 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm

This was just Kevin Smith on another flight. Seems its not safe to get between Kevin and the dessert cart…

Love the guy, hate the weight..

Reality Check on February 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I guess falling to sleep on the plane is no longer an option.

sharon on February 15, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Yes, traveling by air has become quite an adventure, and not in a traveler’s sense.

    Worry01 on February 16, 2010 at 1:16 am

      The next time I fly I’m not sleeping. I’m going to read a book and keep checking my surroundings. If somebody has to get restrained, I will be available. Hope these incidents taper off eventually. It’s just gotten stupid. Bring back water boarding!

      Joe on February 16, 2010 at 10:33 am

If the Muslim terrorist does have a bomb, open the jets door (at a low enough altitude and speed) and toss him out the door.

Truth on February 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm

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