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Tell you this, and im nothing special, but should i find myself mid-flight with an idiot or even a group of idiots that decided to attempt to hijack the airplane with these things i would take off my belt and have at the fools rather go into the ground like a lawn dart. My moneys on me!
As to terrorist demands, well at 30 thousand feet any demands they may have can have rather severe implications.
Carotid artery injury's aside somehow i imagine the above situation apply's to any fool stupid enough to take on a plane full of passengers with a box cutter. Replace "Thats not a knife, this is a knife" with "Thats not a knife, but this is my fist, and these other people are my friends" and then see who prevails.
Your post is laughable. People ignore the requests/demands of flight attendants all the time. Got proof of the box cutters? Then you can claim you know what you're talking about.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Bilk22
And you can tell who has no idea what they're talking about.
The flight crew would have actively discouraged fighting back by the passengers, unlike now. There were hijackings where they took an active role in stopping people fighting back by getting in their way, or delaying them, because that was the protocol.
originally posted by: Blue_Jay33
So the other day at work I was looking at a "box cutter", it is the smallest knife with very little blade.
Something seems off that 4 planes were hijacked and taken over with this tiny cutting tool.
There were lots of "significant weapons" onboard those planes that could easily have overcome a box cutter. The whole story is shameful and idiotic. There were stainless steel utensils in the galley. There were boiling hot pots of coffee and water in the galley. There were fire extinguishers. The idea that this went unchallenged on four flights is not believable. Oh yeah they fought back over PA.
originally posted by: BASSPLYR
a reply to: Bilk22
Nobodies defending the terrorists or their actions. People are just saying that a box cutter, any blade is a significant weapon, is capable of holding a plane up, and nobody is to be blamed for not trying to disarm the guys with the blades. That's all.
Sweeney called flight services manager Michael Woodward and said she saw only four of the five hijackers believed to be aboard. She described them as Middle Eastern and said they had stabbed two flight attendants.
"A hijacker cut the throat of a business-class passenger, and he appears to be dead," she added. The hijackers stormed the front of the plane and "had just gained access to the cockpit."
"The traditional method of dealing with the traditional model of a hijacking was to accommodate, negotiate, and do not escalate," said John Mazor, spokesman for the Air Line Pilots Association, the world's largest pilot union. Since most hijackers just wanted to go some place or achieve some political aim, crews were taught to give them what they wanted.