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Bombs and Planes Do Not Mix…

Thursday, December 8, 2005
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Surely we all know by now that shouting bomb anywhere near a plane is just asking for trouble?

I have to say, If I’d been there, I would have shot the f*cker myself. Mentally ill or not. Sorry.


  • Anne
    December 9
    12:20 am



  • Scott
    December 9
    3:20 am

    I have to agree with you Karen. Given this day and age, I probably would have pulled the trigger, too. It is unfortunate that it happened, and he didn’t have a bomb. But to say you have one on a plane is just ridiculous.


  • Lori
    December 9
    3:27 am

    Yup – there seems to be no disagreement on any of the reports I’ve heard on this one… they did their job properly, and it’s a shame, but that’s the way it goes…


  • Sam
    December 9
    8:31 am

    Sorry – but I disagree. Mentally ill, stressed, just plain nervous about planes and airports in general – and the poor guy loses it and gets shot.
    What if it had been a kid?
    The media spun this so that most people will think that the police were ‘just doing their job’. And the poor Brazilian man shot down in the London tube station?
    What about him and his family?
    No, I think we’re going too far in our fight against terrorists. We’re killing innocent people, so we’ve sunk to the level of terrorists ourselves.


  • Ann Wesley Hardin
    December 9
    10:23 am

    I wonder if the man wanted to commit “suicide by Air Marshal”. It’s a phenomenon police officers here in the States know very well.

    It’s a totally sad situation.

    As cold as this might sound, I sure wish I hadn’t already written my Air Marshal book. Talk about a worthy conflict!


  • Rocio
    December 9
    2:42 pm

    This is a sorry situation. It’s a shame this things happens, but if you know your husband or your relative has a mental issue people should be more careful when traveling with them. I’m also a latina and I know how much trouble we have to go through now in the custums and traveling but I know is something they cannot help now so we better be extra-careful.


  • Shawn
    December 9
    6:07 pm

    This is a very tragic situation but I can tell you this, if I was on that plane and he shouted bomb, he wouldn’t had to have worried about the air marshall.


  • Angela James
    December 9
    6:17 pm

    I’m going to have to disagree with Sam on this one, and agree that the Air Marshalls did the right thing. I don’t think there’s a “spin”. Air Marshalls are trained to shoot to kill. The man stated he had a bomb. On an airplane full of people. How are the Air Marshall’s supposed to know this man is mentally ill? Because some woman (his wife) said it was so? No. They did their jobs, he made a threatening statement and his actions were threatening.

    My background is in the psychiatric field. My entire adult life has been spent working with adults with mental illness. He was off his medications and that is sad. But if I’d been on that plane, I’d have wanted the Air Marshalls to perform their duties as they were trained to do them. And some woman claiming it’s her husband and saying he’s off his meds? Well call me cynical, but that sounds like a stunning set-up for a terrorist.

    They did the right thing. What if he really had had a bomb? Same scenario played out, only end result that he did have a bomb but the Air Marhsalls hesitated because of the woman claiming he was mentally ill. They don’t shoot to kill,the man detonates the bomb, 20, 30, 100 innocent people die. Would you be one of those people saying they should have done their job as they were trained to do? Or would you be saying “good for them for questioning their training and wondering if maybe he was mentally ill. Hey 100s of people died, but they gave the guy the benefit of the doubt. Training Shmaining. Go with your gut. ” Bzzz. Wrong. That training is in place for a reason.


  • Desiree Erotique
    December 10
    3:22 pm

    Perhaps shooting him was the only choice they had. However, hearing something like this reminds that my husband was trained not only in law enforcement, but the F.B.I., and I know that government agents are trained to fire non-fatal blows that will bring a suspect down. So I’m at a loss as to why this man had to be killed. Simply said, if he were indeed running away, a disabling shot to the knee cap would have surely brought him down before he could have reached into the bag. A death blow should be the last alternative.


  • Karen
    December 11
    7:45 pm

    Totally agree. You don’t get three chances to cry wolf in this day – and you don’t get a second chance to cry bomb.
    I feel for his wife, but I also wonder wtf was she thinking letting his disturbed butt on a plane in the first place, without at least warning the crew that he WAS disturbed.

    Aside – I keep finding people that have Karen S linked in their blogroll, and I think huh! How’d they find me? Then I realize it’s a different Karen S. But I’m glad so many have you linked – now I do too. You’ll have to be “The OTHER Karen S.” though.

    Happy blogging!


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