posted on Aug, 23 2013 @ 04:21 AM
According to reports, they used a lot more than box cutters. Reports from some of the passengers stated the hijackers claimed they had bombs on board,
which would be enough to quiet any resistance. It doesn't matter that there were no bombs on board, only that the passengers believe this ploy.
That's all they needed.
Zaphod is completely spot on with his assessment. Everyone here is using post-2001 minds, forgetting that the world pre 9/11 was a very different
place with a very different mindset. In the years before the attack, planes had always been hijacked and landed somewhere, demands and threats were
then made. There had never been a case in history where a plane of civilian people had been used as a suicide missile. After examining the black
boxes, we know that the terrorists had indeed told people that they "had a bomb, their demands were being met, and they were going to land at an
airport". On September 11th, 2001, passengers had no reason to believe otherwise until it was too late. After all, planes had been hijacked in the
past, and the same scenario played out. If they shut up, kept quiet, let the idiots land the plane, do their negotiations, they would be released
sooner or later. That's how the hijacking scenario had played out in the past. This didn't seem any different, until they were probably seconds away
from their targets, and by then, it was too late to do anything.
Like Zaphod said, I don't care if you are Chuck Norris. If a crazy jihadi tells you he's got a bomb on board and will detonate it if you don't do
what you are told, then you are going to sit down and STFU and hope the hostage negotiators can get you out alive.
Obviously, the victims of 9/11 never realized their captors had no intention of landing a plane or anyone leaving alive. Except the 4th plane, but
that's because the passengers got wind of the fates of at least 2 other planes, and realized no matter what, they were all likely going to die. So by
that point, all bets were off.
And those who claim you can't use a cell phone on a plane have no clue what they are talking about. Plus, they forget that airphones had been in use
for a decade prior, and those were designed to be used on planes. I remember when I was flying out to Ft. Jackson, South Carolina for basic training,
in 1992, I had my first encounter with an air phone. I used it to call my mom on the way there. From about 33,000 feet in the air. And guess what. The
call went through, no problems. Imagine that. In 1992. Cell towers aren't the only medium through which calls are carried. Remember all those
satellites floating around in space? They do more than take pretty pictures.
So in 2001, there is no doubt in my mind that passengers called home, or friends, or co workers. In fact, a number of calls were specifically stated
to have been made from airphones, which were located on the backs of everyone's seat.
So yes, under the conditions and awareness of the world before 9/11 happened, people could have reasonably took over a plane with a butter knife or
pencil lead. A box cutter is no great stretch here. All they had to do was tell people there was a bomb on board. Something that was known to happen
in the past at that time.
It is unlikely they would be able to pull it off today, however. 9/11 changed everything.