On a recent American Airlines flight, passengers were confronted with the biggest fear all travelers have in this post 9/11 world: a man who started spouting words of terror during a flight. But a pair of passengers defiantly refused to cower like weaklings and took matters into their own hands.
A flight from L.A. to Philadelphia ended up diverted to Phoenix, Ariz., when a passenger became unruly, according to police. But far from merely being volatile, the man truly frightened passengers by spouting terror and mentioning the attacks on September 11, 2001.
In fact, according to passengers who spoke to the gossip site TMZ, the unruly passenger said, “We will all see the truth, and I will be famous today.”
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But not every passenger sat frozen in fear. According to reports, two regular passengers jumped into action to prevent any possibility that the man could implement a terror attack.
As TMZ reported, two men “jumped up and restrained the man, wrapping a belt around his fists. Then he got even angrier … shouting he had a gun, and yelling about 9/11. Even after he was restrained, we’re told he pointed ‘finger guns’ at people.”
Chip Yates, one of the passengers who reportedly help subdue the man, said: “We’re sitting there on the plane and the guy comes up to the front to give a speech and starts talking about the government and his uncle was missing in action.”
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Another passenger told the media that the man was ranting. “And he said it was his time to give a speech. He started ranting about the military, the government, he was incomprehensible, it sounded like he was giving military commands and he started talking about psychological warfare and bringing the plane down. It seemed like he was having a flashback of sorts, and kind of in this military persona,” passenger Ncoletta Heidegger told Fox 10.
The pilot circled Phoenix for a time to dump fuel and then landed so police could remove the man.
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