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Old 11-02-2001, 05:56 PM   #1
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A Pilot Who Didnt Wait For New regulations

* I found this on http://www.opsos.org *

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*Interesting experience from a passenger on a flight shortly after the planes resumed flying. The following is from a letter by a professional friend and her return flight to D.C. this week.*

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"I just wanted to drop you all a note and let you know that I arrived safe
and sound into Dulles Airport tonight [9/15] at about 6:00. It was an
interesting flight.

The airport in Denver was almost spooky, it was so empty and quiet. No
one
was in line for the security check point when I got there so that went
fairly quickly, just x-ray of my bags and then a chemical test to be sure
nothing explosive was on them.

Then I waited 2 1/2 hours to board the plane. What happened after we
boarded was interesting and thought I would share it with you.

The pilot/captain came on the loudspeaker after the doors were closed. His
speech went like this:

First I want to thank you for being brave enough to fly today. The doors
are now closed and we have no help from the outside for any problems
that
might occur inside this plane. As you could tell when you checked in, the
government has made some changes to increase security in the airports.

They have not, however, made any rules about what happens after those
doors close. Until they do that, we have made our own rules and I want to
share
them with you. Once those doors close, we only have each other.

The security has taken care of a threat like guns with all of the
increased scanning, etc. Then we have the supposed bomb. If you have a
bomb, there
is no need to tell me about it, or anyone else on this plane; you are already
in control. So, for this flight, there are no bombs that exist on this plane.

Now, the threats that are left are things like plastics, wood, knives, and
other weapons that can be made or things like that which can be used as
weapons.

Here is our plan and our rules. If someone or several people stand up and
say they are hijacking this plane, I want you all to stand up together.
Then take whatever you have available to you and throw it at them. Throw
it at
their faces and heads so they will have to raise their hands to protect
themselves.

The very best protection you have against knives are the pillows and
blankets. Whoever is close to these people should then try to get a
blanket over their head--then they won't be able to see. Once that is
done,
get
them down and keep them there. Do not let them up. I will then land the
plane
at the closest place and we WILL take care of them.
After all, there are usually only a few of them and we are 200+ strong! We
will not allow them to take over this plane.

I find it interesting that the US Constitution begins with the words "We,
the people"--that's who we are, THE people and we will not be defeated.

With that, the passengers on the plane all began to applaud, people had
tears in their eyes, and we began the trip toward the runway.

The flight attendant then began the safety speech. One of the things she
said is that we are all so busy and live our lives at such a fast pace.
She asked that everyone turn to their neighbors on either side and
introduce
themselves, tell each other something about your families and children,
show pictures, whatever. She said "for today, we consider you family. We
will
treat you as such and ask that you do the same with us."

Throughout the flight we learned that for the crew, this was their first
flight since Tuesday's tragedies. It was a day that everyone leaned on
each
other and together everyone was stronger than any one person alone. It
was
quite an experience.

You can imagine the feeling when that plane touched down at Dulles and
we
heard "welcome to Washington Dulles Airport, where the local time is
5:40". Again, the cabin was filled with applause.
Date:
20-Sep-2001

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Look...look what you've done to me...You've made me poor and infamous, and I thank you...

My name is MISS MACPHISTO...I'm tired and i want to go HOME...

"Well you tell...Bonovista,that i said hello and that my codename is Belleview" - Bono before opening night of Anaheim Elevation concert


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Old 11-03-2001, 12:31 AM   #2
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But it would be RUDE and UNFAIR for 200+ passengers to attack a handful of sweet little terrorist wannabes!
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Old 11-03-2001, 05:48 PM   #3
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Not to mention possibly RACIST.

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Look...look what you've done to me...You've made me poor and infamous, and I thank you...

My name is MISS MACPHISTO...I'm tired and i want to go HOME...

"Well you tell...Bonovista,that i said hello and that my codename is Belleview" - Bono before opening night of Anaheim Elevation concert
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Old 11-04-2001, 04:16 AM   #4
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What an awesome pilot.



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Old 11-04-2001, 04:16 PM   #5
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Yeah...I want one...

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Look...look what you've done to me...You've made me poor and infamous, and I thank you...

My name is MISS MACPHISTO...I'm tired and i want to go HOME...

"Well you tell...Bonovista,that i said hello and that my codename is Belleview" - Bono before opening night of Anaheim Elevation concert
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Yeah...I want one...

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