Terror in the Skies article - Must read

Old Jul 19th, 2004, 05:52 PM
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Terror in the Skies article - Must read

BayLady posted this in another thread and it deserves it's own thread.
You MUST read this article.

http://www.womenswallstreet.com/WWS/...e=&start=16854

Honestly, after reading the whole article and the follow up which is on todays home page of www.womenswallstreet.com
I just don't know what to think.

I think that if the airlines refuse to insure my safety, I may have to impose my own profiling and refuse to board under similar circumstances.

After you read it, post your thoughts.
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Old Jul 19th, 2004, 05:58 PM
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This is the 4th/5th time this has been posted on the US and Europe Forums in the last 2 days. It's been booted as many times.
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Old Jul 19th, 2004, 06:06 PM
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Is it even possible to verify this? Is the publication valid? It's beyond frightening if true, and with the conventions coming soon, not altogether impossible to fathom. Anyone else researched this for accuracy? J.
 
Old Jul 19th, 2004, 06:06 PM
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Why would they boot it?
It is not political or crude...
What's breaking the rules?
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Old Jul 19th, 2004, 06:10 PM
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Is this the same writer who penned the story about her friend's boyfriend being of Middle Eastern descent and taking off the day before 9/11 but not before warning her about going to malls on Halloween? The tone is similar.
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Old Jul 19th, 2004, 06:12 PM
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It never occurred to me that it could be a hoax. I checked snopes.com and they say "undetermined" but the website that is published the article is reputable.
There are several links on snopes I am checking out...
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Old Jul 19th, 2004, 06:13 PM
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It was the nasty, political responses that got it booted.
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Old Jul 19th, 2004, 06:23 PM
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Well, after reading quite a few "reviews" on other sites I have decided that her account is dramatized, but based on actual events... like a movie.
Still scares me, though.
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Old Jul 19th, 2004, 06:23 PM
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For perspective, I was on an airliner - pre 9/11 - on which an incident occurred - nothing to compare with this. And by the time the flight landed CNN was waiting with a camersa crew - as were all the local news media. They tried to interview everyone on the plane and the story was aired nationally for several days.

The fact that none of this happened in this instance leaves no doubt in my mind that this is a complete hoax.
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Old Jul 19th, 2004, 06:32 PM
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The thread didn't get booted from the European forum, only shut down due to the political squabbling which took approx. a nanosecond to erupt. It's here:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34514246

TxTravelPro, I don't have an opinion about the veracity of the article (it was frightening to read), but regardless, you are already free to refuse to board an airline for whatever reason you choose.
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Old Jul 19th, 2004, 06:39 PM
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Thanks nytraveler ...we should feel safer for you stating the account was a hoax? Is that a soft whistle in the dark I hear?
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Old Jul 19th, 2004, 06:41 PM
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Yeah, I'm sure some air marshals would let the flight go on despite suspicious activity just to see what happened. Probably the same folks that stole the UPS uniforms...
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Old Jul 19th, 2004, 06:41 PM
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Yes, I realize that... but since they would have to locate my bags in the cargo hold, possibly delaying the flight for all, I hesitate to exercise this option. I would have to be VERY VERY scared. I suppose they would start taking it seriously if passengers started requesting to get off the plane.
That would be crazy.
As someone who travels almost every week... this whole subject gives me a headache.
On a similar note, I was once freaked out by someone on a subway and got off.

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Old Jul 20th, 2004, 05:03 AM
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Last night, MSNBC, Scarborough Country, had on a couple that were on the flight. They were scared to death. Thought that this may have been a "trial run" to test the waters.

You can view the video of last night's show on their website by going to MSNBC.com, clicking on the MSNBC TV tab at the bottom left, then the Scarborough Country tab, then Frightened Couple. Interesting!!!
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Old Jul 20th, 2004, 05:16 AM
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I'll say it again..the author makes numerous assumptions such as why the FBI didn't do this or that (could it be because there wasn't anyt reason do do anything?????); she obviously has this phobia about men with dark complexions and goatees....and apparently when all the non dark-skinned and goateed passengers were lined up near the lavatories that didn't seem to phase her or her increasingly anxious husband in the least.

Has there been a follow-up article to this "incident"? No! Has there been anything anywhere even on Faux News about whether or not anyone was charged with a crime, etc? No!

Why must anyone read this sort of stuff? So they can be frightened out of their wits because some nervous, xenophobic writer got some newsplay? Get real!
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Old Jul 20th, 2004, 05:24 AM
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What I just mentioned wasn't an article -- it was an actual interview. It was apparent that the flight attendants and the pilots were also concerned.

Review the video - this was not Fox, it was MSNBC. You don't have to read anything -- you can watch and listen.
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Old Jul 20th, 2004, 05:30 AM
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I also read the article with interest. Decided to ask my brother-in-law, who is a pilot for American Airlines, what he thought about it and if he had heard about it.

He said that he hadn't heard about this incident, but that on flights he's flown there have been similar instances and that what it turned out to be was that one of the men was a Prince or a Sheik or something and the rest of the men were body guards. Everytime the Prince got up to go to the bathroom, all the bodyguards got up and watched the rest of the plane. My brother-in-law knew the passengers were upset because it looked unusual, but said that he couldn't exactly announce that "flying with us today is Prince Such and Such and now he's going to the bathroom..."

Just one possibility for an explanation, although given her description, it sounds like more to me. But you can't beleive everything you read now can you?
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Old Jul 20th, 2004, 05:30 AM
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TopMan,

There IS a follow-up article. Check the womenswallstreet home page. She's apparently been getting confirmation from pilots that these "dry runs" happen frequently.
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Old Jul 20th, 2004, 05:34 AM
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Thanks for posting TxTravelPro, the articles sure sent shivers up my spine! And they should indeed be read by ALL! As they say, *where there is smoke, there is usually fire.*
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Old Jul 20th, 2004, 05:35 AM
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http://womenswallstreet.com/WWS/arti...&articleid=714
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