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Bible Wielding Passenger Subdued By Fellow Passeng  
User currently offlineWiLdmanVzla From Mexico, joined Sep 2000, 616 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1401 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."

(URL: http://news.airwise.com/cgi-bin/story?name=2001/02/983218608.html)


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User currently offlineB777 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 368 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1350 times:

One word: STUPIDITY

That guy is a false prophet.


User currently offlineRed Panda From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2000, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1320 times:

he is not stupid. he is just a guys with some sort of mental illness, probably schzophrenia. (in particular, paranoid schzohprenia)

r panda


p.s. that'z me. heeeheeee


User currently offlineB777 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 368 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

Red Panda: I have to agree with you after I read the article, that guy is probably loony


User currently offlineVngd4me From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1277 times:

Maybe he thought it was "The Lord's Airline" an ill-fated airline discussed in a strand last week  Smile

User currently offlineDCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4506 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1266 times:

With all due respect for the seriousness of the situation in the air, may I suggest that the authorities throw the book at this man.

Jim



Need a new airline paint scheme? Better call Saul! (Bass that is)
User currently offlineV Jet From Australia, joined May 1999, 719 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1249 times:

How do you get 180 pax on an A320 - standing room only?

User currently offlineRed Panda From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2000, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1243 times:

A320 can sit up to 180 pax. I've been on one operated by SkyService. Chartered airlines usually try to squeeze as many ppl as possible into their a/cs. Of course, range would have to "suffer".

SkyService A320 has 180 Y-class. Leg room?! ...about one feet. It took me almost 1 min to stuff my backpack underneath the seat in front of me.

regards
r panda


User currently offlineGaruda From Indonesia, joined Nov 2000, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1244 times:

V Jet,

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.

Regards,
JA


User currently offlineTriStar From Belgium, joined Oct 1999, 848 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1235 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. Big grin

Best regards,

TriStar.


User currently offlineThe Ticketor From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 434 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1229 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.

User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1215 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.


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1219 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?
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