RWally From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 555 posts, RR: 3 Posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 9640 times:
A man tried to enter the cockpit of American Airlines Flight #1238. Passengers were able to subdue the man. The plane was operating from LAX-ORD. The plane has landed in ORD, with a fighter escort. MSNBC reports that this is most likely a case of terrorism. Equipment is a 767.
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3798 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 9386 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW FORUM MODERATOR
That's against the law, it was already against the law before Sept 11 2001. That guy should be prosecuted. I consider this as a felony. Isn't American reinforcing cockpit doors? I hope they do. There should be a three or four digit code to make when opening the cockpit door. That secret number would change regularly, no passenger would know that code of course. Only pilots, mechanics and flight attendants would know it.
The aircraft involved is a 767-300.
Passenger attempts to storm cockpit
Fighter pilots flock to plane's side
October 8, 2001 — A passenger tried to enter the cockpit of American Airlines flight 1238 from Los Angeles to Chicago. Military jets raced to its side. The plane landed safely at O'Hare Airport.
ABC7 News Video
Two F-16s scrambled to the plane, creating a sonic boom as they broke sound barrier. Some of the northwest suburbs heard that noise, which sounded like two large explosions.
"I heard a huge, gigantic boom," said Sherry, who lives in Barrington and was obviously shaken by the noise.
"I had no idea what I was supposed to do with six kids," she said, her voice shaking.
The pilot called in a passenger disturbance when someone began banging on the 767's cockpit door. Airline officials now say that the passenger is a young man who is mentally disabled. Officials say the young man apparently just wanted to go inside the cockpit since he had been allowed inside another plane's cockpit before.
The FBI says it is possible that no charges will be filed in the case.
Heavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 9289 times:
I feel bad and good at the same time.
Bad that it was a mentally retarded kid (although where was the Dad as he wandered forward?)
Bad that there's some shaken people involved...with people on edge, a sonic boom could be a bit nervewracking.
But Good that the fighters are up there. Everything that was supposed to happen did. And the pros in the cockpit of the Falcons obviously didn't shoot first and ask questions later. Well done and lessons learned.
Iainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 9255 times:
People walking into the cockpit is not uncommon, infact it happens more then you believe. It used to be that the crew would tell them to go back into the cabin (and they would) however I think right now you will get beat up if not killed by the pax!
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 9250 times:
I shouldn't admit this... and I know I'm going to get shit for this but I can't help it...
I find this kind of humorous. I mean, I was mentally picturing the whole thing and it just struck me as funny. A retarded kid knocks on a cockpit door, two F-16's come whooshing to the aid of what they think is a highjacked plane, and suburban housewives get the shit scared out of them. Weird, sad, but also somewhat humorous.
I Like To Fly From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1188 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 9225 times:
I think it's funny. But I am also pleased that we are able to scramble planes so fast if there is a real emergency. Before it took us about 15 minutes to just get planes in the air, now a retarded kid can have them beside a plane in just minutes.
RWally From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 555 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 9171 times:
Here's an article from MSNBC.com on this:
BUSH PRESIDED over the swearing-in of Ridge as head of the new Office of Homeland Security at a White House ceremony. Ridge, who resigned as governor of Pennsylvania a few days ago, said he took the job fully realizing that “the size and scope of this challenge are immense.”
He said his new job was to “detect, prepare for, prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks — an extraordinary mission, but we will carry it out.”
Bush promised that civil liberties would not fall victim to new security. “We will defend our country, and while we do so we will not sacrifice the freedoms that make our land unique,” he said.
JUSTICE SUBS FOR CHENEY
Vice President Dick Cheney had been scheduled to administer the oath to Ridge, but Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas stood in for Cheney, who was being kept away from the White House at a secure location for security reasons.
To demonstrate that Ridge will have his ear, Bush gave him a West Wing office just a few paces from his own. His instructions to his new Cabinet-level officer, who attended his first senior staff briefing Monday, was to develop a “coordinated, integrated, national strategy to combat terrorism,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.
Ridge will have a staff of nearly 100 people, most of them currently working for the White House or other agencies, and a dozen employees of his own. He will report directly to the president, McClellan said.
Critics have questioned how much clout Ridge will have. Although Bush named him to his Cabinet, Ridge is not one of the 14 Cabinet members installed under federal law, each with his own budget and authority. Each president may designate any number of other top advisers as “Cabinet level,” and that is what Bush did with Ridge.
McClellan said Ridge would have “significant input into the budgets of agencies involved in homeland security,” although his own budget would be part of the White House’s. “Governor Ridge will have all the authority he needs to get things done,” he added.
TACKLING DOMESTIC TERRORISM
One of Ridge’s challenges will be to foster better communication and cooperation between the FBI and the CIA. Decades of rivalry between the agencies led the Clinton administration in 1995 to order a new shared role between the two agencies’ counterterrorism efforts, but full cooperation has yet to be achieved.
A Homeland Security Council consisting of Bush, Cheney, Ridge and various agency heads will tackle domestic terrorism, much as the National Security Council advises the president on international affairs.
As the nation went to battle, the administration sought to heighten Americans’ awareness of possible terrorist retaliation, without alarming them.
“The American people need to be alert — threats do remain,” White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said. “This is a war.”
At the same time, administration officials sought to project an air of normalcy. Bush planned Monday to celebrate Columbus Day at the side of singer Liza Minnelli. But such snapshots of normal life were belied by a nationwide alert imposed Sunday amid fears of another terrorist attack in the United States.
Attorney General John Ashcroft said Monday that the Justice Department had alerted 18,000 law enforcement agencies and 27,000 corporate security managers to take “strong precautions and other appropriate steps to protect the American people while we win this war.”
He also said the Immigration and Naturalization Service had increased border security.
Sunday, U.S. military aircraft patrolled professional football games, landmark buildings were closed and Cheney was moved for a time to an undisclosed location as a security precaution.
Television’s Emmy Awards, postponed once because of the Sept. 11 attacks, were indefinitely postponed after the first day of strikes coincided with the telecast’s rescheduled date. Security fears were not a factor, according to organizers.
The State Department warned Sunday of the possibility of “strong anti-American sentiment and retaliatory actions against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world.”
SECURITY IN ACTION
The state of alert was dramatically illustrated Monday afternoon when two U.S. military jets scrambled to escort an American Airlines jet on its approach to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after an altercation was reported on board.
Government sources told NBC News that the incident, in which a passenger tried to enter the cockpit of the Boeing 767 flying from Los Angeles, was the “act of a deranged person” and was not terrorist-related. The passenger was taken into custody after Flight 1238 landed at O’Hare, NBC’s Jim Avila reported from Chicago.
Two F-16 fighter-jets were dispatched to meet the jetliner as it approached Chicago, the Chicago Aviation Department told a local radio station, accelerating so rapidly that their sonic booms startled Chicagoans.
Emergency Medical Services Plan 1, the highest level of emergency preparations, was instituted at O’Hare, where five ambulances raced to the scene, local news organizations reported.
The F-16s turned out not to be needed, but NBC’s Robert Hager reported that their use served as a reminder that U.S. officials changed U.S. policy after the Sept. 11 attacks to allow military pilots to shoot down airliners if they posed a serious threat to civilians or domestic structures.
NATO TO PATROL U.S. SKIES
NATO officials said that at Washington’s request, the alliance would soon deploy AWACS surveillance planes to U.S. airspace to conduct anti-terrorist operations - an unprecedented use of foreign forces to safeguard domestic security. Meanwhile, cleanup crews at the shattered World Trade Center rejoiced at news of the U.S. strikes on Afghanistan and marchers at peace rallies worried and wept. And many Americans wondered uneasily what lies ahead.
“It’s about time,” Jimmy Morrison, working at the Trade Center site, said after learning of Sunday’s strikes. “They’re about three weeks late in my opinion.”
Less than two miles away, hundreds of people began a march through midtown Manhattan calling for peace.
“The people who are going to be hurting are not the people who started this,” said Stuart Rockefeller, one of the marchers.
Peace rallies took place in cities across the country, including Philadelphia, Boston, St. Louis and Los Angeles. About 300 people attended an anti-war rally in Seattle, some of them displaying U.S. flags and others holding a sign that read “Patriots for peace.”
NBC’s Virginia Cha, Pete Williams, Jim Maceda and Robert Hager; MSNBC’s Mike Brunker, Alex Johnson and Bobbi Nodell; and The Associated Press contributed to this report.