Non-weapon gets flight diverted, passenger arrested

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Nosy flight attendant + smart-assed answers = flight returns to Miami, pax arrested ...

    Sun-Sentinel: Feds: Man told staff he smuggled weapon onboard Orlando flight

    But there was no weapon. Snoopy flight attendants should stick to mixing drinks & serving coffee.
  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Jokes aren't allowed anymore, don'tchyaknow? No jokes in the Land of the Free! Jokes help The Terrorists! If you joke, you must be a A Terrorist! Granted, it was a stupid thing for him to say.
  3. Louis Betti

    Louis Betti Original Member

    Now, seriously, who in their right mind would make such a joke? Anyone, anyone? If I were the captain, this bozo would be taken down, and I am landing ASAP.

    Yeah, idiotic jokes like those should never be allowed! What was this jerk thinking? Granted, the TSA and some airline employees have made some dumb moves over the years, but when someone says they have a weapon I'm not going to laugh it off. Put a couple rounds through a window at 37,000' and see what happens- it ain't pretty! Yes, Lisa, jokes like this should NOT be allowed. You're an aviator, right?

    Ever hear of the PSA flight where a disgruntled employee boarded with a gun, and killed both pilots? The plane went down, and he committed suicide along with killing all others on board?

    Then there was the FEDEX DC-10, flight 705, remember that one? An employee about to lose his job dead-heads on the flight, and attacks the flight crew with a hammer. Thankfully, they got the plane on the ground, and Aurburn Calloway went to prison for life.

    Ever hear about the DC-10 that lost a window? The guy sitting next to it was sucked right through it, YES, right through that little window! Remember the BAC-111 where the cockpit window failed after a recent repair? The captain was literally sucked out through it, but managed to hang on, and an FA came in to hold his legs until the FO got the plane on the ground. He survived, but it wasn't pretty.

    I think it it safe to say I know just a wee bit about this, and I don't like jokes like this on planes, because I know what the consequences can be. You make a joke like that on my plane, and I'll put you on the ceiling inverted!
  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Lou, as I said, it was a stupid thing to say. But the post-9/11 paranoia of this country is off the charts.

    (And no, I'm not an aviator. And since I stopped flying in 2010, after the Reign of Molestation was implemented, I'm not even a passenger anymore.)
  5. Louis Betti

    Louis Betti Original Member

    Well, Lisa, indeed it was a stupid thing for him to say, and I have gone back to flying the airlines for long flights as the price for 100LL Avgas for the 210 is killing me! So far I have had a good experience with the TSA, and while I do not support them in general (I mean their management / methods), I think it is important to point out why flight crews might react to such dumb statements. I just want to stress that to all.

    Most folks don't realize that a jet flying at, say 37,000' is BARELY flying. The air is so thin up there, and the cabin is pressurized. Sometimes you might just have 10 knots between an aerodynamic stall and a Mach buffet event (look them up on Google). I just want to give the side to the story when pilots take the safe route and go to land ASAP.

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