Patterico's Pontifications

7/31/2004

“Terror in the Skies” Update

Filed under: Air Security,Terrorism — Patterico @ 1:59 pm

Via AMac in a comment, I see that the Washington Times has reported that a second passenger from Annie Jacobsen’s “Terror in the Skies” flight has come forward to corroborate Ms. Jacobsen’s account:

The passenger, who was riding in first class, said the constant foot traffic and strange behavior she witnessed in the front cabin frightened her as much as it did Annie Jacobsen, the first passenger who publicly reported the incident.

“I thought I was going to die,” the second passenger told The Washington Times. “And that makes me furious because that’s the whole point of terrorism, to make people afraid. It makes me mad that they achieved that. But I’m not letting it stop me from taking other trips.”

. . . .

The second passenger on Flight 327 said the men were “up and down the aisles of the plane the entire time,” and that one of the men pushed other passengers as he rushed toward the front lavatory. She said the man did not appear to be ill, and remained in the lavatory during her entire meal.

. . . .

“There was more activity up and down the aisle through first class than I have ever experienced on any flight, including international flights,” the second passenger said. “The most unusual part was that the flight attendants seemed to ignore what was going on.”

The second passenger said she did not share her concerns with the flight attendants because “I thought I was just crazy, and I didn’t want to be the crazy person on the flight that stands up and says something is wrong, but I will now in the future. I praise Annie for what she did, because I didn’t have the guts to.”

(Via Michelle Malkin.)

Meanwhile, isn’t it reassuring to know that the Homeland Security Department has “no intelligence” on the possibility of dry runs occurring lately:

The Homeland Security Department did not return a call for comment, but has said it has no intelligence on such activities.

They could get some intelligence by reading the Washington Times, which has been printing some disturbing evidence of such dry runs lately (here, for example). Examples of such activities include a Middle Eastern man who locked himself in a lavatory, removed the mirror, and was attempting to break through the wall to the cockpit. An air marshal interviewed by the paper “confirmed that Middle Eastern men try to flush out marshals by rushing the cockpit and stopping suddenly.”

How can the Homeland Security Department not have intelligence on this activity when air marshals are reporting such activities to the Washington Times?

More on the “Terror in the Skies” incident in my “Terrorism” category.

5 Responses to ““Terror in the Skies” Update”

  1. Snopes still says it didn’t happenm, so it must not have happened. Relax. Everything is going to be OK.

    Xrlq (6d213c)

  2. This story has been check, double-checked, fisked, and everything else and it’s very clear people completely over reacted. People have even tracked down who the band was:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/taylor200407211921.asp

    Sean Bonner (44c4bc)

  3. Sean: you are kidding, right? At least cite a story that is up to date.

    Xrlq (6d213c)

  4. According to Snopes.com:

    “As things turned out, although the events Ms. Jacobsen claims to have witnessed on her flight did occur (more or less), her interpretation of them (that they involved a group of terrrorists making a dry run for building a bomb in-flight) was erroneous.”

    The musicians spooked people — even if they were just traveling to a gig, it doesn’t mean people shouldn’t be paying attention and reaching conclusions.

    It was scary. It wasn’t a terrorist attack. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t scary.

    Scott (09f5be)

  5. I don’t believe for a minute that Homeland Security has no intelligence on this.

    steve M. (1be4e1)


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