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Airtran Flight 297 - Highjacking Dry Run?

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posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 11:17 AM
I came accross this e-mail posted on another non-conspiracy related site.


To: undisclosed-recipients

Sent: Friday, November 27, 2009 11:32 AM

One week ago, I went to Ohio on business and to see my father. On
Tuesday, November 17, I returned home. If you read the papers, you
may have seen a blurb where an AirTran flight was cancelled from
Atlanta to Houston due to a man who refused to get off of his cell
phone before takeoff. It was on Fox.
That was NOT what happened!
I was in first class coming home. Eleven muslim men got on the plane
in full attire. Two sat in first class and the rest peppered
themselves throughout the plane all the way to the back. As the
plane taxied to the runway, the stewardesses gave the safety spiel we
are all so familiar with. At that time, one of the men got on his
cell and called one of his companions in the back and proceeded to
talk on the phone in Arabic very loudly and very aggressively. This
took the first stewardess out of the picture for she repeatedly told
the man that cell phones were not permitted at the time. He ignored
her as if she wasn't there.
The second man who answered the phone did the same and this took out
the second stewardess. In the back of the plane at this time, 2
younger muslims, one in the back aisle, and one in front of him,
window, began to show footage of a porno they had taped the night
before, and were very loud about it. Now, they are only permitted to
do this prior to Jihad. If a Muslim man goes into a strip club, he
has to view the woman via mirror with his back to her (don't ask me,
I don't make the rules, but I've studied). The third stewardess
informed them that they were not to have electronic devices on at
this time. To which one of the men said, "shut up infidel dog!" She
went to take the camcorder and he began to scream in her face in
At that exact moment, all 11 of them got up and started to walk to
the cabin. This is where I had had enough! I got up and started to
the back where I heard a voice behind me from another Texan twice my
size say, "I got your back." I grabbed the man who had been on the
phone by the arm and said, "you WILL go sit down or you Will be
thrown from this plane!" As I led him around me to take his seat, the
fellow Texan grabbed him by the back of his neck and his waist and
headed out with him. I then grabbed the second man and said, "You
WILL do the same!" He protested but adrenaline was flowing now and he
was going to go. As I escorted him forward, the plane doors open and
3 TSA agents and 4 police officers entered. Me and my new Texan
friend were told to cease and desist for they had this under control.
I was happy to oblige actually. There was some commotion in the back,
but within moments, all 11 were escorted off the plane. They then
unloaded their luggage.
We talked about the occurrence and were in disbelief that it had
happened, when suddenly, the door opened again and on walked all
eleven!! Stone faced, eyes front and robotic (the only way I can
describe it). The stewardess from the back had been in tears and when
she saw this, she was having NONE of it! Being that I was up front, I
heard and saw the whole ordeal. She told the TSA agent there was NO
WAY she was staying on the plane with these men. The agent told her
they had searched them and were going to go through their luggage
with a fine tooth comb and that they were allowed to proceed to
Houston. The captain and co-captain came out and told the agent, "we
and our crew will not fly this plane!" After a word or two, the
entire crew, luggage in tow, left the plane. Five minutes later, the
cabin door opened again and a whole new crew walked on.
Again, this is where I had had enough!! I got up and asked, "What the
hell is going on?" I was told to take my seat. They were sorry for
the delay and I would be home shortly. I said, "I'm getting off this
plane." The stewardess sternly told me that she could not allow me to
get off.
Now I'm mad! I said, "I am a grown man who bought this ticket, who's
time is mine with a family at home and I am going through that door,
or I'm going through that door with you under my arm!! But I am
going through that door!!" And I heard a voice behind me say, "So am
I." Then everyone behind us started to get up and say the same.
Within 2 minutes, I was walking off that plane where I was met with
more agents who asked me to write a statement. I had 5 hours to kill
at this point so why the hell not. Due to the amount of people who
got off that flight, it was cancelled. I was supposed to be in
Houston at 6pm. I got here at 12:30am.
Look up the date. Flight 297, Atlanta to Houston.
If this wasn't a dry run, I don't know what one is. They wanted to
see how TSA would handle it, how the crew would handle it, and how
the passengers would handle it.
I'm telling this to you because I want you to know. The threat is
real. I saw it with my own eyes.

Tedd Petruna


Statements from other passengers can be found in the Snopes article as well here:

World Net Daily

Another account from a different passenger confirming the e-mail story:


I don't have more time to research but thought it was a post-worthy story.

[edit on 10-12-2009 by Anamnesis]

[edit on 10-12-2009 by Anamnesis]

posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 11:23 AM
This is a hoax. You should search ATS before you post something.

posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 11:24 AM
This ridiculous drivel, again! Really?! Why not check-out the link you posted, BEFORE making yourself look like an ignorant peddler of propaganda by posting this crazap?


posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 11:34 AM

Originally posted by skunknuts
This ridiculous drivel, again! Really?! Why not check-out the link you posted, BEFORE making yourself look like an ignorant peddler of propaganda by posting this crazap?


Jesus H Christ! Do you guys just wait around here to pounce on the first person to double post a story? I did a search for Flight 297 and nothing was found.

If it's been debunked or proven false then just say that. No need to call names or act like A$$holes.

Thanks for the feedback...

posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 11:46 AM
as posted above, this hoax has been discussed and debunked.

please continue the discussion in the aforementioned thread. this one is closing in 3...2...

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