tropical From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2008, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 15500 times:
Quoting sw733 (Reply 1): Wow, crazy. Here's to hoping it's just a crazy passenger. Can't imagine any way it would actually be possible for a passenger to "poison everyone".
Having had the misfortune of finding myself on a plane with more than a hundred Manchester United football fans returning home from Madrid who had watched a football game the previous evening and stayed up all night drinking, I can assure you it is possible for a pax to 'poison' everyone on board... even if the effects are not harmful or long-lasting
JAAlbert From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1749 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 10675 times:
Does the FBI maintain an office at major airports or do they just high tail it down the expressway every time some nut pulls a stunt like this? These sorts of calls probably disrupt the entire day of the special agents involved given the traffic and processing all paperwork.
Don't think they have an office at airports but wouldn't be surprised if they have an agent or a few based in the airport with DHS. I'm sure they enjoy using their SUVs lights and sirens anyway. Agents don't get to that stuff as much as TV would have you to believe.
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17316 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 8604 times:
This story is not totally inaccurate, the local CBS 2 NY station got the information from passengers as they exited the airport (they were interviewed).
Here's what passengers reported:
A man claimed to be under surveillance by the CIA, NSA etc.. He also was complaining that he was poisoned by a poison dart. He didn't claim he poisoned everyone else's food. He claimed he was poisoned by the NSA, CIA etc..
ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13695 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 8497 times:
Quoting JAAlbert (Reply 11): Does the FBI maintain an office at major airports or do they just high tail it down the expressway every time some nut pulls a stunt like this? These sorts of calls probably disrupt the entire day of the special agents involved given the traffic and processing all paperwork
In the case of EWR, the FBI has it's main office for New Jersey in Newark, about 4 miles north of the airport. They could get there very quickly.
I am concerned more mentally ill, drunks and druggies being on a flight than terrorists. We have has apparently 3 'false alarm' threats in the last week. I hope these threats don't encourage more to do them, perhaps as a form of terrorism or attention.
nclmedic From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 354 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3695 times:
Quoting Drmlnr1 (Reply 14): Another one?!?! what's next, will TSA need to start mental evaluations of all passengers?
Yes, exactly the knee-jerk reaction the 'free world' needs. There are millions of people all over the world with a variety of mental health problems, and unfortunately, these are on occasion unpredictable. Crew are more than capable of handling the majority of these, however scary it might initially appear.
You can't 100% control who gets on an aircraft, and how they'll behave. By far the biggest factor in onboard violence/disturbance is alcohol anyway.