Monday, January 11, 2010

The Day I Almost Saved the Plane

In October, 2001 I took a plane to Maine. Well, I took 3 planes to Maine, because the system was still in disarray, and I was shipped all over the place. Including a stop at LaGuardia.

We flew over the WTC site. I thought it was ghoulish to gawk at the site of so much death and misery, so I remained seated until the people across from me asked the stewardess to point it out and she did, so I jumped up. Tacky. The stewardess pointed out that it was still smoking, but when I mentioned that to my friend back home, she said - How could it be, six weeks later? Well, that made sense, so I figured that I must not have seen what I thought I saw. Later, of course, I found out differently. And here's a great video of an official 9-11 NIST "investigator" denying what witnesses saw.

Anyway, on one of the planes back I was sitting up front of the plane, reading. I was in a single seat and the flight attendant was across from me. He got up and left and didn't come back. Then another man in a uniform came down the aisle and started trying to get into the cockpit. I jumped to the only possible conclusion. Clearly, someone in the back had attacked the flight attendant, stolen his uniform and was trying to get into the cockpit to hijack the plane. And it was up to me to stop him, because all the other passengers were in the back.

I hesitated, however, because the hijacker was big and I'm kind of small. I didn't think I could take him, frankly. And while I was hesitating, he got into the cockpit. The rest of the flight was stressful, as I waited for the plane to be crashed.

As it turned out, the hijacker was actually one of the pilots. And the flight attendant showed up again. And I was really glad that I hadn't attacked the pilot.

Ralph Nader was asked by a condescending reporter on one of the few times he got airtime, how he would have dealt with 9-11. The correct answer was, of course, either increased passenger surveillance or torture or war. Ralph Nader, however, said that he would have put locks on the cockpit doors, as he was calling for many years before 9-11. It wasn't done, because of the expense of the locks, you see.

How much does Homeland Security cost? How much are the occupations costing? How much are they planning to spend on the pervert scanning machines? How much to pay to shut up the 9-11 families?

And then, of course, they paid for locks after all.



2 comments:

engineer said...

Last we heard, Ralph was still buying the official version (he may believe locks would have stopped it), as is Ron Paul. But otherwise might be political death (if not already). So no choice. Do you want to lose 99 percent of votes up front?

No locks on the doors so they could sell the official version, as if they needed to try. Plan ahead.

wagelaborer said...

You got that right!