posted on May, 29 2003 @ 08:07 PM
DR, wouldn't a duel with wooden sticks be just slightly safer? Posted by Masked Avatar
I would say that these people just got lucky that it was only one attempted hijacker, and were able to outnumber him. On all of the 911 flights, there
were at least 4 terrorists, highly trained in H2H (hand to hand for the civilians) combat with edged weapons.
I believe that in each aircraft the terrorists killed a flight attendant by slitting his/her throat to make it obvious they were serious.
Edged weapon combat is NOT a pretty thing, especially when you have a true professional against someone off the street. It usually ends badly for the
novice in a lot of bloodshed.
However, no matter how skilled at H2H, if you are 10 meters away from a competent opponent armed with a firearm, you are dead.
US airmarshalls are armed with handguns, loaded with frangible projectiles (they do horrendous damage to the target individual, but do not penetrate
the aircraft) and at least originally were supposed to be some of the best marksmen in the world, able to take a terrorist with a hostage with a
headshot at 10+ meters.
The future aim for US airlines is to have 2 armed air marshalls on each and every US passenger aircraft. And, when you sit in your seat and wonder if
the guy next to you is an airmarshall, you will never know if he has a gun on him or not.
For me personally? I am a bit more combat adept than the average guy on the street, but I admit I still get nervous going open handed against someone
with an edged weapon. I would hope, given the circumstances, I could stop the guy, but I couldnt guarantee it, especially if he was ex special forces
or something. I would feel FAR more comfortable with a Colt 1911A1 at hand for such emergencies.