KL911 From Netherlands, joined Jul 2003, 5500 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 21648 times:
The Associated Press reports Dutch F-16s escorted a Northwest Airlines flight bound for India back to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport and that authorities later detained several passengers for questioning, an airport spokeswoman said.
SeeTheWorld From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1335 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 20753 times:
Quoting Bicoastal (Reply 7): One of the television "news" channels said that there were only 149 passengers on board. I thought India flights were packed and lucrative? Maybe it's good that United stays out of the market.
It's one flight on one day - hardly a representative sample to make sweeping generalizations like that.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13861 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 20646 times:
An MSNBC.com story on this noted that the destination of this flight was to Mumbai, where there were those horrible train bombings about a month or so a go. Thus, there is probably greater watching of passengers to prevent any other like attack or on an aircraft going there and may not have realized some people who are on or have similar names to those on 'no fly' lists were on board until after the flight took off. Hopefully by later today we will get some news as to why these people were removed from the flight and being questioned.
As to only 149 on board, this is a Tuesday, normally a slow day of the week for air travel worldwide. I am quite sure Friday-Monday flights are very full.
Aseem From India, joined Feb 2005, 2046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 20410 times:
off hand it seems like a bunch of morons on flights, having no clue how to behave in air these days. I would suppose a person with wrong intent would not behave oddly on flight...
anyway it is still a developing situation.
YULWinterSkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2268 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 19208 times:
Quoting Bobnwa (Reply 13): Quoting Mke717spotter (Reply 12):I thought I heard something about one or more of the passengers were acting suspicuous.
Where would you have heard this, as it happened in Europe?
Heard this on radio-canada too. Absolutely not precise. I guess they did not have any more information...
GeorgiaAME From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1098 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 18532 times:
Background info? That would be politically incorrect to reveal.
But what the hell. I have it on excellent sources that they were 12 demented, blue haired Swedish Christian Grandmothers, between the ages of 64-73, and they were demanding that the Dutch authorities immediately stop the consumption of herrings displaced from the North Sea. If their demands were not met, they were going to blow up the aircraft as it approached Mumbai International, which when you think about it, was a perfectly reasonable set of demands.
We can only wonder just how much styling gel they were carrying in their handbags to carry out the dastardly deed.
"Trust, but verify!" An old Russian proverb, quoted often by a modern American hero
Gr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3226 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 18426 times:
Quoting GeorgiaAME (Reply 21): Background info? That would be politically incorrect to reveal.
Sorry pal...I appreciate your attempts to be politically and socially correct....but in today's world, it is very important to know who these people are (in case they were genuinely guilty of any wrongdoing).....
If they were indeed blue haired Swedish Christian grandmothers, we have a right to know, so that in future, we can be careful of blue haired Swedish grandmothers....
Lowecur From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 585 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 18246 times:
I'll bet they will all be released shortly. The Islamists are just playing mind games. If they can get people nervous about flying, that is still an effective way of dragging down the airlines economically. Also, racial and religious profile discussions will take a confrontational tone....which plays right into the terrorists hands. Any time you can get the media into these types of hysteria headlines, it benefits terrorists.
This type of behavior should be banned on all airline travel. At the very least all of these individuals should have their names placed in the computers and never be able to book a flt again. Let em take a train.
[Edited 2006-08-23 19:41:20]
: There isn't a shred of doubt in my mind that they will all be released shortly! We wouldn't want to get Amnesty International involved in this, would
: Wow... I just got to my hotel in Mumbai after flying AMS-ZRH-BOM with LX. Despite me coming from AMS, security here in BOM didn't give me any special
: Nothing to do with this situation. A/C was supposed to arrive in AMS monday, but has a technical problem and therefor grounded.
: In other words, the full weight of the Dutch legal system will be thrown at them?
: yup. Nothing special at Schiphol today. No extra security, no additional police visible outside the terminal or in the Plaza. No nervous KLM and airpo
: Any moron who uses a cell phone in flight should be thrown off the plane. Twelve morons using them together should be arrested and force fed NW's "de