I Like To Fly From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1188 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1100 times:
They probably made false threats like "I'll blow this thing if any of you try anything stupid" so the pax figured the nut would get the plane down and demand money to release them. I don't think they realized what their fate was until it was just too late.
Monte From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 72 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1013 times:
The terrorists that could accomplish the horror of this magnitude were, in the first place, highly organized and well trained. They probably went through all the possiblilites and scenarios. The case of passenger resistance was very likely one of them. It is almost certain that the pax didn't know that they were all going down until the very last moment, and that the terrorists did everything they could to create panic and prevent any thoughts of resistance.
The real question here is: why didn't the CIA, with its multi-billion dollar resources, manage to prevent, or at least warn about the possibility for this sort of operation. This tragedy will have to lead to fundamental reconsiderations of the U.S. defense policy, and, of course, airline security measures.
The fact is: the American trillion dollar military machine is unable to defend us from this sort of attack.
Klmfan From Austria, joined Jun 2001, 445 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 917 times:
Please, let's stop speculating about what happened onboard the aircrafts, the whole thing is terrible enough. Maybe there will be some light on that matter when they find the black boxes and cockpit voice recorders, analyse them and release data to the media.
Passengers overthrowing hijackers only works in movies, in my opinion.
The question is, how was it possible to hijack four (!) planes in the USA at the same time, from the two biggest airlines?
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 21 Reply 10, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 900 times:
another difficulty on passengers or crew teaming up on a well-trained team is position.
They were in the cockpit, probably with an armed man in the cockpit door.
The only way to get past that person is to attack headon, and you have no weapon while he does. There is also not enough room for several people to attack at once so it is one on one. As their intentions were probably not made clear (hijackings happen more often, mostly the aircraft is put down somewhere and the passengers deplane after some work by police) it would also be considered not needed as they would be all right soon. We are talking Americans here, the police will solve this situation soon, right?
Sebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3667 posts, RR: 5 Reply 11, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 886 times:
I heard that a british journalist who knows very well Ben Laden was warned that a major attack on US interests was scheduled.
However, the CIA didn't see it coming.
They probably had much helps from insiders.
By the way, it could make some people reconsider their opinion about the flight TWA 800.