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South African Airways Pax Arrested - Rushing Door  
User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2304 times:

http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/South/09/18/cockpit.arrest/index.html


ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- A man was in federal custody Thursday after he tried to break into an airplane cockpit during a flight from South Africa to Atlanta, the FBI said.

Federal agents took James Drake, 53, into custody Thursday morning after South African Airlines Flight 7799 landed at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport.

The plane's crew told authorities Drake tried to rush the cockpit door at about 6 a.m. EDT, some two and a half hours before the plane was scheduled to land in Atlanta. He was subdued by two passengers, a deputy sheriff and a psychiatrist, the FBI said.

The FBI said the incident was not an attempted terrorist act. Drake is a U.S. citizen, but his hometown was not immediately known, said FBI spokesman Joe Parris.

Drake faces federal charges that could include interference with a flight crew member.

Drake was arrested in 1987 after a similar incident on a domestic airline flight, the FBI said. He did not stand trial in that case, Parris said.




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User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4683 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2252 times:

Not the smartest thing to do. I do believe that the passengers are well versed to not even be near the cockpit door area.


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User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2206 times:

I especially like how the report cant even get the flight number correct, its SA304 or 305 I believe, Delta codeshare flight 7799. I mean, is it that hard to jump on to South African's website to confirm a flight number?

This idiot sounds like a poster-boy for a database where troublesome airline passengers can be banned from flying.



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User currently offlineCiro From Brazil, joined Aug 1999, 662 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days ago) and read 2186 times:

Maybe he was just trying to get a better watching position, on the jumper seat, for the landing.  Smile


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User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2135 times:

Jcs17---

You thought the exact same thing I did. I saw SAA #7799 and shook my head in quiet outrage. What a bunch of nerds we are! However, I think that DL 7799 is actually SAA 209, not 305. Maybe someone could verify this?



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User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2087 times:

Oops, you are right Qantas, it is in the 200 range. I was thinking of some Air France flight numbers to/from ATL.


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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2073 times:

A man was in federal custody Thursday after he tried to break into an airplane cockpit during a flight from South Africa to Atlanta, the FBI said.


Is it me, or is this happening a lot more since 9/11?

Or is it just there's better media coverage of it?

N


User currently offlineEmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2123 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2034 times:

"The FBI said the incident was not an attempted terrorist act. Drake is a U.S. citizen, but his hometown was not immediately known, said FBI spokesman Joe Parris."

So if he wasn't a US citizen, it would have been considered a terrorist act?

EmiratesA345 Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineN951U From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2031 times:

Or is it just there's better media coverage of it?

This is the more likely option.

It's like shark attacks... they've been happening for centuries but only recently has the media started to care (in the name of a sensational story, of course) so it give the impression it's a recent occurance.


User currently offlineSAA201 From South Africa, joined May 2001, 514 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1947 times:

Outbound flights to ATL are SA209/SA211

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