WiLdmanVzla From Mexico, joined Sep 2000, 616 posts, RR: 1 Posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1332 times:
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS?????????
A man aboard an Airbus A320 jet brandishing a bible and telling fellow passengers they were about to meet their maker was pinned to the floor and tied up by four male passengers, reports say.
The 28-year-old man on the holiday flight from Manchester in the UK to Tenerife was dressed in black and wearing sunglasses.
The man had terrified holidaymakers by standing up and yelling: "We are all going to meet our maker. You are coming down with me. We are all going down. You'll never get off this plane."
Female flight attendants struggled to restrain the man in the middle of an Iberworld flight carrying 180 tourists.
Eventually, four men tackled him to the ground and tied his hands and feet using belts.
He was arrested by waiting police when the Airbus A320 landed at Tenerife. Spanish doctors examined the man in a hospital's psychiatric ward.
A mother, traveling with her two-year-old son, told The Manchester Evening News: "An hour into the flight there was a commotion and he was walking up and down the aisle, apparently in a trance and chanting that we were all going to die.
"He wouldn't sit down and people were crying. There was a fear he had planted a bomb."
Garuda From Indonesia, joined Nov 2000, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1175 times:
If they can put 220 seats in A321 in high density configurations (source: airbus.com), I'm sure 180 seats will do just fine in A320. I think this plane is configured for charter operation, with one class seating.
TriStar From Belgium, joined Oct 1999, 848 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1166 times:
While it is true the certifications for A319, A320 and A321 are 145 pax, 180 pax and 220 pax respectively, it was my instinctive reaction to go back and check on that, myself, upon reading the article. I'm afraid V Jet and myself got somewhat distracted from the main issue in this thread, but still...
One thing's for sure (and I refer to Red Panda's input); it can't be very comfortable!
As for the bible man, I would say he was appropriately taken care of. I'll add that merely to justify the presence of this post in this particular thread.
The Ticketor From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 434 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1160 times:
For those of you that didn´t know, there's an excellent site about airrage run by the Skyrage Foundation at http://www.skyrage.org/. If you click on the "newsletter" link, you´ll come to a link page to news stories like these.
HlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1146 times:
I wonder if that bible man is the same goofy old guy at my gym that wears all the religious shirts, and never works out but preaches to everyone and whenever ACDC or Ozzy come on the radio he goes into a trance and says "Blood of Jesus destroy the works of satan"
Come to think of it I haven't seen him in a while and I could see him doing that.
Whoever that whacko was keep him in the slammer, he could have easily had a gun or he could have charged the cockpit and started whacking the pilots over the head with the bible. Good thing they arrested that guy.
Ryanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1150 times:
Although I sympathise with the fact that mental illness is a terrible affliction for anybody to overcome, I must say that in the context of air travel airlines need to be a bit more ruthless in who they allow on board - if only for the safety of other pax. I still cannot believe that the doctors examining the Kenyan guy who nearly brought down the Nairobi-bound BA 744 decided not to take the matter further - so effectively he is free to get on another plane.
Even if no pax are physically harmed, the whole experience may make some people go into a hysterical/panic stricken state. This makes them harder to control by the F/A's and can in turn lead to a greater risk to their own safety and judgment.
I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?