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Old 09-22-2001, 02:56 PM   #1
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The following message came across the 0xdeadbeef mailing list. With pilots and messages like this, it will be very improbable that last week's events occur again.

Forwarded-by: Rob Windsor <windsor@warthog.com>
Forwarded-by: Kevin Wright <krwright@wankel.net>
Forwarded around a few more times and landed in Kevin's inbox.

The following was posted to The Motley Fool Discussion Board
by someone who had received it from a friend.

================================================== ==================

I just wanted to drop you all a note and let you know that I arrived
safe and sound into Dulles Airport tonight 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+ 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.
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Old 09-22-2001, 02:56 PM   #2
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The following message came across the 0xdeadbeef mailing list. With pilots and messages like this, it will be very improbable that last week's events occur again.

Forwarded-by: Rob Windsor <windsor@warthog.com>
Forwarded-by: Kevin Wright <krwright@wankel.net>
Forwarded around a few more times and landed in Kevin's inbox.

The following was posted to The Motley Fool Discussion Board
by someone who had received it from a friend.

================================================== ==================

I just wanted to drop you all a note and let you know that I arrived
safe and sound into Dulles Airport tonight 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+ 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.
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