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7th Feb 2002, 19:56
Apparently a United Airlines flight between Miami and Buenos Aires had an attempted hijack today. But crew have subdued hijacker(s).

Just checked <a href="http://www.skynews.co.uk" target="_blank">www.skynews.co.uk</a>. .Plane was operating from San Francisco via Miami. Man apparently tried to storm cockpit but crew have foiled his attempts!

Well done to crew and/or passengers <img src="wink.gif" border="0">


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7th Feb 2002, 20:08
<a href="http://quote.bloomberg.com/fgcgi.cgiT=marketsquote99_news.ht&s=APGKf6BY.VW5pdGVk" target="_blank">http://quote.bloomberg.com/fgcgi.cgiT=marketsquote99_news.ht&s=APGKf6BY.VW5pdGVk</a> is a link to a Bloomberg story.

7th Feb 2002, 20:15
Hitting him over the hard with the fire axe: Good effort.

7th Feb 2002, 20:18
SHlT I bet that hurt! :)

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7th Feb 2002, 20:22
I hope they didn't damage the axe!

7th Feb 2002, 20:37
This story. .<a href="http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=07022002-111559-8241r" target="_blank">http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=07022002-111559-8241r</a>. .says that the FO hit him "bluntly" ...

7th Feb 2002, 20:38
From CNN:. ."The cockpit door is divided into two sections, and the lower section actually opens up ... and he had actually inserted himself, his torso into the cockpit," Boyer said. He said he and other passengers jumped on the man, and the plane's co-pilot then hit the man "bluntly on the head" with the ax. . ."This led to a lot of blood all over the place," Boyer said. He said the man then was dragged out of the cockpit and restrained.'. .Good work!. . <img src="eek.gif" border="0">

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Colonel Klink
7th Feb 2002, 20:41
I suppose the crew will get sued for using the fire axe on a passenger! The flight deck door must have been locked, does anyone know if it was one of the new super-reinforced doors supposed to be able to keep these types out?

Toilet Porpoise
7th Feb 2002, 20:46
CNN is reporting this morning that, the door was opened by the F/O, he leaned out and popped the badguy with the axe. The blow to the head resulted in a large amount of blood in the cabin.. .The pax had to drag him back to a seat and belted him in until the plane landed in EZE. :)

7th Feb 2002, 21:04
Well Done to the crew involved and to the passengers who im sure made it unwise for him to move! <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

. ."go ahead...Make my day"

7th Feb 2002, 21:16
<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/americas/newsid_1807000/1807216.stm" target="_blank">BBC News</a> suggests that the situation was rather different (and reflects rather less well on the crew). Apparently the passenger banged on the door, and one of the pilots opened it "thinking it was one of the crew". The passenger then forced his way in and started punching both pilots until one of them did the fire axe thing.. .What use is it busting a bloodvessel to put reinforced doors in a/c if the pilots are just going to open them to every random nutter who knocks? And on United of all airlines!. .On the other hand, CNN says the pilots didn't open the door to him - he forced his way in. Through a reinforced door. Clearly "reinforced" in United's world means something different from the conventional definition. This reflects better on the pilots but worse on the door.. . If he'd had, say, a broken bottle, we could be looking at 157 Dead In United Crash. Can you still buy duty free liquor in glass bottles and take it on in carryon bags? Sure you can.. .Also, note that the passenger quoted seems to have done nothing at all until the guy was inside the cockpit and (presumably) attacking the pilots. Hope no one out there is counting on pax to protect them from hijackers - because they won't.

7th Feb 2002, 21:17
BBC claim captain "foolishly" opened the door thinking it was a member of crew that needed to enter urgently.

7th Feb 2002, 21:23
The report that the crew opened the door is completely incorrect. He partially entered throught the bottom. He was greeted by a cockpit crewmember who used the fire ax to limit his desire & ability to enter further. He was dragged back by cabin crewmembers and passengers. Great response by all concerned - screw the BBC report - they are simply cutting and pasting other reports (the usual early and inaccurate ones) without verification.


7th Feb 2002, 22:27
Why didn't the crew just use their nailfiles and Swiss Army knives.

They are lethal, aren't they?

8th Feb 2002, 00:45
UA press release says the door was the 'barred' type, not the full attack-resistant model. CNN identifies the pax as a Uruguayan banker, but they probably spelt it wrong.

8th Feb 2002, 01:22
I hope the B****r finished his flight tied into a centre seat ahead of an exit row. There is no worse fate.

8th Feb 2002, 01:39
Why didn't the FO hit him with the sharp end of the axe instead and put him out of his misery for good? I certainly would have!

8th Feb 2002, 02:06
DO NOT use the sharp end of the axe as it will stick in whatever it hits -- fine if you just made a perfect strike on a solitary bad guy that instantly dispatches him to Allah.

Not so good if you get it stuck elsewhere and you have to wrench it out while bad guy #2 is doing a number on you or others.

Serious neurological damage will be inflicted with one good whack on the head from the blunt end and does not require anywhere the same degree of skill as using the sharp end -- don't use the sharp end unless you've recently done a couple cords of wood.

Send Clowns
8th Feb 2002, 02:09
Well, at least the publicity of the fact that any a***hole trying to make it into the cockpit is likely to get stunned by an axe will make some people think twice. Should make the crews' job against standard "air ragers" easier.

8th Feb 2002, 02:23
As I recall a couple of months ago, there were quite a few English and European gentlemen on this board that were offended at the suggestion that cockpits be defended with a crash axe. Something about being too cowardly to actually use it on someone.

This South American idiot/hijacker/terrorist (your choice) is lucky they didn't take three morticians to pull it out of his forehead. Seems like most of the people causing mayhem and causing Americans to spend BILLIONS of dollars in security, and scaring the bejeezus out of us have either Saudi, Yemeni, French, UK, and now Uruguay passports.

I. M. Esperto
8th Feb 2002, 02:31
Pablo Morcira is a 28 year old Uruguayan banker.

On TV, the report said the PAX did nothing to stop this man.

8th Feb 2002, 03:15
Good work! well done crew.. .Another **** up by airport security though!

8th Feb 2002, 03:27
Good to see that the experts aren't rushing to judgement or anything!

I refer, of course, to the labelling of this guy as a terrorist and/or a hijacker. He might be one or indeed both of those, but he also might not.


8th Feb 2002, 03:35
Raises an interesting problem for the FAA. It is now quite obvious to the World in general that removing sharp objects from the possession of pilots is a useless exercise. All travellors are now graphically aware that there is a weapon in the cockpit capable of inflicting violent and bloody injury. The FAA now has three choices.

a. Admit that their "no sharp instrument rule" is a futile exercise in feelgood public relations.. .b. Remove the crash axe from the cockpit on the grounds that it could be used by one pilot to dispatch the other and hence take control of the aircraft for his/her own evil purposes.. .c. Put the Sky Marshal in the cockpit instead of the cabin.

Items b. or c. would be an open public admission that the FAA does not trust its own certified pilots. If the FAA demonstrates in public that it does not trust its pilots why should a passenger trust that pilot with his life? The US government is trying to get passengers back into the air by emphasing how safe the skies are with the new security measures. Interesting that, after all the baggage inspections, all the security checks a nut got onto an aeroplane and the day was saved by these mistrusted crew mwmbers, even though the FAA had pretty effectively disarmed them. Good job folks!

8th Feb 2002, 03:48
"causing Americans to spend BILLIONS of dollars in security"

Well, Roadtrip, I guess you couldn't say the billions are well spent. I have just experienced about the most pathetic display of security I have ever come across. I was stopped, searched throroughly - boots, bags, penknivesthe lot, on my way to a meeting which was beyond the security gates. . .Having said I could not continue, due to the contents of my bag (fair enough, my mistake), that particular member of staff went for a coffee break, leaving me repacking my bag. No one paid me any more attention, so I continued on to the meeting, penknives and all. . .Not very impressive!

8th Feb 2002, 04:06

how exactly did security foul up?

were they supposed to perform neurological checks, or provide pax with slippers and tell them to check their shoes into the hold so they couldn't kick the door in?

8th Feb 2002, 04:13
&gt;&gt;As I recall a couple of months ago, there were quite a few English and European gentlemen on this board that were offended at the suggestion that cockpits be defended with a crash axe.&lt;&lt;

Yep, and a lot of the same folks less than a year ago ridiculed the idea of locking the cockpit door even after BA almost lost a jumbo going into Nairobi. Times have unfortunately changed...

8th Feb 2002, 04:14
After smashing him on the head with the blunt end, I would of asked him where he wanted me to shove the handle, down his throat or up his a??e.

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8th Feb 2002, 04:32
Fernytickles - . .I never said it was WELL spent. Why didn't you approach airport authorities and tell them about the breach in security??? If it was my call, we'd be politely profiling passengers (yes, even and especially Arabs and Muslims). I'd immediately deport illegal aliens, starting with ones from problem countries, and stop immigration from those countries as well, until we got control of the problem. The real problem isn't fingernail cutters, it muslim fanatics and their tacit supporters in the basements of a few western mosques. It's not even the occassional Uruguayan nut-case, like this latest incident probably is. A good cockpit door, lethal cockpit defense, a cabin camara system, and a vigilant and trained cabin crew will take care of people like him. What I really worry about is how many more Richard's there plotting in the basements of London and New Jersey mosques, while the other members are out front telling the news media how they're being victimized by racial profiling.

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8th Feb 2002, 04:49

I know this is now going completely off the original subject, but if you have ever tried to work your way through the maze that is the INS, you'd understand why there are so many immigration lawyers working all the hours they can, and a lot of illegal immigrants slipping through the net. To get rid of all the illegal immigrants you would first have to define the exact meaning of what an illegal immigrant is. I doubt anyone truly understands all the intricate rules involved in immigration. Its a nightmare, and a large amount of it is illogical and irrational - a true bureaucracy varying from office to office, kind of like the FAA, really.

Thats only the tip of the iceberg, there are so many factors involved in sweeping your country clean of those you consider to be "undesirables", its an impossible task, and berating another country for not doing the same is not really very constructive. One man's terrorist is another man's hero, you only have to look at history to see that. William Wallace was none too popular with the English until Mel gave him Hollywood, blue paint and a new hair style..........

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8th Feb 2002, 04:53
Good posting Roadtrip.

Agree with ya on all counts.

Profiling is the way to go even if the liberal bleeding heart crowd don't like it.

Out of the 19 hi-jackers 9/11, 15 were Saudis.. .I would ban all Saudis from flying Western airlines. Their track record ain't too good. <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">

8th Feb 2002, 07:44
Fernytickes -. .We can do a pretty good job with getting rid of illegal aliens when we have the WILL to do it, and it's being done right now by an American President who's actually more concerned about national security than what fat interns can do for him.

You use the typical liberal arguement that since it's hard and not absolutely 100% effective, it shouldn't be done. BS. I consider "undesireable" anyone that overstays their visa or is here illegally without the permission. It's not the total solution, but it's a part of it.

I also use the term ILLEGAL ALIEN, since the new euphamism "undocumented immigrant" is trying to be popularized by wet-mouthed liberals and people who stand to profit by having masses of ILLEGAL ALIENS populate the US. They're trying to make gullible people, incapable of critical thought, think that only thing wrong with these ILLEGAL ALIENS is that the dog ate their green card.

I lived for many years in foreign countries. I respected their laws and culture. I expect visitors to my country to do the same.

I personally don't give half a crap about William Wallace and ancient Scottish history. And as far as your terrorist buddies, or freedom fighters, or whatever you chose to call 'em goes, it's too bad I didn't delay leaving the Air Force a few years. I would have had the pleasure of visiting retribution upon them 2000lbs at a time.

Sounds like I take getting my country attacked personally, doesn't it? You're right.


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8th Feb 2002, 08:07
Toweletts , always available in First Class are really good for getting blood off the crash axe.

. .Dont ask me why I know.

Ignition Override
8th Feb 2002, 08:46
One of our Captains said that his FO needed more than a few seconds to get the axe out of its holder. I don't want to publicly state how long his fumbling lasted.

How fast can YOU guys/gals get it out?

Can all of the petite gals swing the axe accurately? And if they pretend that an intruder walked in her "house" with mud on his running shoes?

Would it not be best for the largest crewmember to fight an intruder (or any former Marine etc?), no matter which seat? Or just the crewmember who removes the axe from its sheath? Maybe someone with tactical/trainer jet experience should stay at the controls? Should this be discussed among the two, three, or four crewmembers at the start of the trip? At least two of our lady FOs are quite tall, and could be extra s on "Xena, The Warrior Princess"! One played basketball at the AF Academy.

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8th Feb 2002, 09:04
Congrats to the crew involved regarding proper use of the crash axe.. . . .Only one further comment. If there is a signifigant threat on board the aircraft (ie, someone with explosives in his shoes, or someone who has attempted to break into the flight deck) - that person might continue to be a threat if they "come to" or get lose from their restraints. Personally, I believe the safest course of action would be to drop down to an acceptable altitude, depressurize the plane, open the door and eject the offending individual from the aircraft.

8th Feb 2002, 10:19
From the Miami Herald:

Posted on Thu, Feb. 07, 2002 . . . .Co-pilot wields ax to stop cockpit invastion on Miami-Buenos Aires flight


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The intruder kicked in the bottom of the jumbo jet's cockpit door and stuck his head through the hole. ''I want to talk to the captain,'' he said.

The co-pilot whacked him in the head with the blunt end of an ax. The passengers tackled him. The pilot reached into his United Airlines cap and pulled out plastic handcuffs. A doctor administered a sedative.

For the second time in seven weeks, passengers and crew members aboard a Miami jetliner leaped into action Thursday, coalesced into a corps of volunteers and subdued a man who produced havoc in the sky.

United Flight 855 from Miami to Buenos Aires landed safely at the Argentine capital's Ezeiza International Airport without further incident after a man attempted to kick in the cockpit door ''kung fu style'' and force his way in.

The suspect -- Pablo Moreira, 28, a Uruguayan bank employee from Montevideo who had been taking a marketing course in the Florida Keys -- was held by Argentine police. Federal agents planned to bring him back to Miami this morning and charge him with interfering with a flight crew.

He did not carry a weapon and had no apparent link to terror groups, authorities said. The motive was not known, but authorities said he consumed an undetermined amount of alcohol before and possibly during the flight.

''It's incredible,'' said Jorge Reta, a spokesman for the Argentine Air Force. "He doesn't remember anything, and I don't believe he really understands the impact of what he has done.

"His brother said he often becomes upset when there is turbulence, and passengers told us he had been drinking a lot on the plane. But when I asked him about it, he told me he had one whiskey prior to getting on the plane.''

One passenger said Moreira lit a cigarette while waiting for the flight at Miami International Airport, a smoke-free facility, and resisted for three minutes when told by airline employees to extinguish it.

Moreira was treated at the Buenos Aires airport for a scalp wound, authorities said. An unidentified flight attendant sustained minor injuries.

The other 141 passengers and 14 members of the Miami-based crew were unharmed, though they had quite a story to tell about an experience aboard a Boeing 777 jumbo jet that evolved from an overnight red-eye flight into what they thought was a struggle for survival.

''I was sleeping in the first class section and I was awakened by some shouting by one of the stewardesses and by some loud pounding noises,'' passenger Jan Boyer told CNN. "So I woke up and . . . I faced an individual who was basically kicking the door of the cockpit in sort of a kung fu style.

'I said, `What are you doing?' And he said, 'I want to talk to the captain.' ''

The intruder gained partial entry by breaking through a bottom ''blowout'' panel of the door, said Chris Brathwaite, a United spokesman.

When the man stuck his head through, the co-pilot clubbed him with an ax used by pilots to exit an aircraft in an emergency.

''It looks like something out of Gladiator,'' said Herb Hunter, a Miami-based captain for United, who lives in Coral Springs and often pilots Flight 855. "It's a very evil looking weapon.''

The ax, kept on the back wall of the cockpit, is 15 to 18 inches long. A six-inch blade is affixed to the top; a spike is attached to the bottom.

''He is lucky,'' Hunter said of Moreira. "If it had been my flight, I would have put the spike in his head. If someone comes in that door, he'd better be ready to die.''

United Airlines executives emphasized that the intruder never made it completely into the cockpit. After the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the Federal Aviation Administration required airlines to install steel bars on cockpit doors to prevent unauthorized entry.

''The system worked,'' Brathwaite said.

The flight, which originated in San Francisco, took off from Miami shortly after midnight Thursday. Judy Orihuela, an FBI spokeswoman in Miami, said the incident began about four hours later, as the plane was over Brazil.

Boyer, the passenger, said that a flight attendant sounded the alarm through the intercom, ordering all crew members to the front of the plane.

He said he and other passengers also responded and tackled the man. The co-pilot swung the ax. The pilot, taking a rest break in the first class section, tugged on the man's legs and pulled him back into the cabin.

''There was a lot of blood all over the place,'' Boyer told CNN. "That allowed us to drag him out.''

The crew and passengers wrestled the man to the business class section. The pilot took off his cap and produced a set of plastic handcuffs, Boyer said.

Hunter, the Miami-based captain and a spokesman for the United Airlines unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, said many pilots and co-pilots now carry handcuffs that wrap around the inside of their caps. Some also carry an extra set in their flight bags, he said.

Boyer said he and others used spare seat belts to tie Moreira into a seat. Federal sources said a doctor on board the plane administered a sedative to calm Moreira.

Boyer said he spoke with the man later, but didn't learn much.

''I mentioned to him that I had spent my life thinking about international economic relations and how Sept. 11 had affected that, and was this due to any of this at all?'' Boyer said. 'The only thing he mentioned to me is, `Things are different now.' ''

Reta, the Argentine official, said Moreira had been attending a marketing course in the Miami area. Another source said the course was held at the Hawk's Cay resort near Marathon in the Florida Keys. Federal sources confirmed that Moreira entered the country Jan. 31 to attend a seminar.

Reta described Moreira as an average-sized man who lives in ''a nice residential neighborhood in Montevideo,'' the capital and largest city of Uruguay. He has no criminal past, works at ABN Amro bank, is married and has two children, friends and authorities said.

''He is really in trouble,'' Reta said. "I don't think he realizes what's happening.''

Federal officials said that, if convicted of interfering with a flight crew, Moreira could be given probation or up to eight years in jail, assuming he has no prior record.

Though apparently unrelated to terrorism, the incident bore striking similarities to a Dec. 22 attempt to blow up an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami. In that event, flight attendants and passengers subdued a man who was attempting to detonate bombs hidden in his shoes.

Richard Reid, a 28-year-old British citizen, was charged with attempting to murder the 197 passengers and crew members aboard that plane. Authorities said Reid has links to the al Qaeda terrorist network. He is awaiting trial in Boston.

In another incident, a Uruguayan passenger created a commotion aboard a United flight to Argentina on Christmas day.

Rodrigo Pedro Deambrosio, 34, allegedly forced Flight 979 from New York to Buenos Aires to divert to Miami, where he was arrested. Authorities said he became belligerent, urinated on a row of seats and claimed that everyone would die. He has been indicted in Miami on several charges and is free on bond.

Still, it was the earlier attempt to destroy the American Airlines flight and the people aboard it that dominated the thoughts of those aboard United Flight 855 Thursday. Once again, however, the crew and the passengers of a jetliner rose to the occasion.

Said Boyer: "It was really a magnificent team effort.''

8th Feb 2002, 11:43
given that the pilots were clearly under attack (door smashed in) just what would happen if the axe had been used the other way round and the guy killed? ..... I sincerely hope there would be no legal problems for the crew member defending the flight deck but ???? ......

8th Feb 2002, 13:04
Raptor---------More than likely they had them confiscated by security whilst this nutter got through!

Few Cloudy
8th Feb 2002, 13:19
We always called it the Hijacker Reset Switch. Good that it gets known about. Not good that the blow out panel gets known about.

Lima Tambo
8th Feb 2002, 13:38
how about a guillotine modification above the blow out panel?

8th Feb 2002, 14:12
Mark D - well the answer to your point has been made; "If it was my call, we'd be politely profiling passengers (yes, even and especially Arabs and Muslims). I'd immediately deport illegal aliens, starting with ones from problem countries, and stop immigration from those countries as well, until we got control of the problem."

There are fingerprint recognition systems in use at Disneyland etc .. I'm simply stating that the airlines need to become far far better at understanding exactly who is buying tickets.. .Criminal records, political extremeism, religious fanatics...we need to know.. .If the database doesn't know - then they don't travel.

(To add to that stated by others..I would have used the pointed end too!)

8th Feb 2002, 18:09
I'm all for it ! Profile them, interview them then ban them if necessary !

Problem is - in UK anyway - that you'll have every PC moron screaming about human rights etc etc etc.

Just look at Camp X-ray at the moment ! Personally I'd like to see every one of the Al-Qaeda & Taleban prisoners publically executed on CNN & Sky - after reminding viewers with the graphical coverage of Sep 11th before they get the chop. That just may jolt a few memories, and reinstate just what it is we are trying to achieve with all this.

Terrorists don't play by the Geneva Convention or any other rule-book, so why the hell should we when dealing with the scum ?

PC will tragically be the downfall of the West ! Until we get our acts together anyway !

Once again, great job by the UAL crew ! ( shame it wasn't the sharp-end though IMHO ! )

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8th Feb 2002, 19:10
Roadtrip hits the nail on the head.. .Short term history refresher on Arab/Muslim extremist terrorist events.. .1972 Olympics. .World trade center 1993. .Attempted Pope assasination. .Pan Am 103. .Numerous embassy bombings. .Beirut Marine barracks. .Berlin disco bombing. .Invasion of Kuwait. .US embassy hostages in Tehran. .Numerous attacks in and toward Israel. .Plans to blow up int'l flights simultaneously. .Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacked. .TWA aircraft hijacked, another bombed in flight. .Sept. 11th

I am sure there are more but these are the ones I could think of without doing any research.. .Remind me again why the west is bending over backward to not infinge on these creep's so called rights. There have been wars fought with less casualties than the events listed above.. .If the honorable Arab/Muslim community cannot expose the creeps, than it is our duty to eradicate this menace, and if some inncocents get harmed, TOUGH.

8th Feb 2002, 19:45
Grand Prix is 100% correct! (getting any sleep yet? <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> ) Thank for the history lesson! All of those events should be broadcast every hour on cnn, to remind the sheeple exactly why the TERRORISTS at camp X-ray are being treated way better than they deserve! It also might wake a few of them up to the farce that is "airline security", (although I question the deductive reasoning capacity of the average human, so maybe it wouldn't work!).

Unfortunately, I was correct, when I predicted just after 9/11, that we, as a country, would quickly forget the horror that we felt that morning, and that the PC police would take over before this "war" ended!

I hope that those UAL pilots get COMMENDED for their action, defending their cockpit (and by extension, the aircraft) with ersatz tools!

It would have been nice if the passengers had jumped in PRIOR to the use of the axe, but, I guess they've all forgotton about 9/11 as well.

Once again, we are back to pilots defending the aircraft ourselves (with no really effective tools.... the axe worked in THIS case, but had there been more than one, it would only buy a little time until they took the aircraft), until the "future new hire" in the F-Teen takes over from us.

Few Cloudy
8th Feb 2002, 21:31
It actually isn't politically correct to fly planeloads of passengers into packed office buildings. How come the bleeding hearts don't complain about that?

It has become too easy to browbeat the gullible media-fed West with arguments like that.

Once again, this is war gentlemen. Vietnam showed you can't do it by halves... maybe it's time we learned.

Ignition Override
9th Feb 2002, 08:48
Right, to Ghost-Rider's comments and those of others.

IF the prisoners at Camp X-Ray in Cuba won't cooperate, just beat them up until they do.

If this sounds harsh, then aren't acts of mass murder (or individual murders)/terrorism also " an abuse of human rights"?

10th Feb 2002, 04:33
Poor fellow may have had a 'panic attack' according to his 'rellies'.. .Well that's alright then. <img src="eek.gif" border="0">

See here:. .<a href="http://business-times.asia1.com.sg/dowjones/story/0,2619,47780-190200,00.html?" target="_blank">I'm ever so scared so I thought I'd murder everyone</a>.

. .Regards. .Exeng

11th Feb 2002, 07:15
You would think after what happened to UAL they would learn their lesson and split the head open with the axe. Guess not, so much for the former #1 airline on earth. Get serious with hijacker and kill a few. Maybe they need a lesson

Ignition Override
11th Feb 2002, 09:14
No kidding, although a US court of law would see it as an excessive use of force, provided the nut's family could afford OJ Simpson's attorneys: some of the highest-paid mercenaries ever to grace a courtroom, or a Harvard Law School lecturn. The FO might have been lucky to have later found any job flying "rubber dogshit out of Hong Kong"! Let the attacker go with the famous tv "Crocodile Hunter", as Steve hunts for dangerous reptiles, as the platoon leader on point.

. .Now if the United FO had split the attacker's head open with the battleaxe, as was done in ancient, or modern warfare, this would make a more lasting, graphic impression on the public.

This incident might not be related to drinking, but how long will the FAA postpone reconsidering its policy of allowing alcohol on US aircraft, making a mockery of the US Federal Reg, which doesn't allow any intoxicated passenger to board any plane? How well does alcohol mix with schizophrenia medication, etc?

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11th Feb 2002, 11:40
I'm convinced that "Unreasonable/Excessive Response" is going to be the next pile of SH$$ that is going to be dumped on the heads of Crew defending there ship ......

Long Range Cruise
11th Feb 2002, 14:56
We ARE in the pointy end of the plane, so why not take that definition to another level, and use the pointy end :) :)

11th Feb 2002, 17:39
I am convinced that most of you are mice not men. Do what it takes and leave the rhetoric behind. Use the axe properly. Take a stand--mice.