Redeye LA to Philly Flight Incident Goes Uninvestigated... Another Dry Run?

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Tue, 02/02/2010 - 12:56am.

A South Jersey woman got the scare of her life when she tried to report suspicious activity on board a plane Philadelphia International Airport...  **NOTE**... If anyone reading this knows this South Jersey woman please ask her to contact the Northeast Intelligence Network (  or this blog directly

The woman shared details of her terrifying ordeal only with Fox 29 News on Wednesday, January 27, 2010.

Now, she's wondering if it was some kind of sick joke or a test run for a terrorist.

Fox 29's Dave Schratwieser reported that 12 days after her red-eye flight from Los Angeles, the US Airways passenger is still upset over an incident on her flight, the reaction to it by the flight crew, and the lack of reaction from authorities.

"I was trembling, and I was just completely frightened," said the mother of three.

She won "˜t soon forget her latest US Airways flight from L.A. to Philadelphia after she encountered a passenger on board who scared the daylights out of her.

"He starts talking to himself. Then he goes, "˜Detroit, huh-huh-huh,' like that, and it was really, really frightening," she said.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said the passenger was Muslim and repeatedly made a reference to the latest terrorism incident in Detroit on Christmas Day with the so called "underwear bomber."

The passenger immediately told a flight attendant, who then told the pilot before the plane even left the gate.

What the flight attendant said next shocked the passenger: ""˜The pilot has asked me to ask you if you think we should leave the gate.' And I looked at her, and I said, "˜What?'"

The woman told Fox 29 News no one from the flight crew spoke to the man or investigated further. Then, the pilot made a call to the flight attendant.

The passenger said the flight attendant, "Looks at me and says, "˜We need an answer.' … She's like, "˜We're gonna go, but I'll keep an eye on him.'"

The flight took off. The woman sat terrified for five hours all of the way to Philadelphia.

Then, just before the plane landed, the pilot ordered everyone to remain seated. The passenger said that's when the man got up, walked to the rear of the plane and put his backpack in an overhead bin, then went to the bathroom.

"I'm like, "˜This is it, this is how I'm gonna die,'" she said.

No one questioned the woman or the suspicious passenger in Philadelphia.

When she tried to report it to the Transportation Security Administration, Homeland Security, US Airways, even the FBI, she got nowhere.

"He listened to my entire story, never took my name, the flight information, nothing, and told me that, if there was an issue, US Air would have contacted them," the woman said.

The woman said US Airways told her if the man got through security, there's nothing to worry about.

A TSA spokesperson told Fox 29 that if you have an incident like this onboard a flight you should immediately report it to a TSA customer service person at the airport when you arrive.

Fox 29 is waiting for a response from US Airways.

Sean Osborne - January 28, 2010 - source CanadaFreePress

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Tue, 02/02/2010 - 12:56am.


Anonymous (not verified) | Tue, 02/02/2010 - 3:03am

Once the woman decided she was afraid of the guy who is talking to himself, did she get up, go to a flight attendant and ask to change her seat? We don't know.

When the Captain sent the message asking if he should depart from the gate - he was giving her an opportunity to say YES I want to get off this plane, I don't feel safe,
or NO everything is fine, lets just go. She chose, Go.

The Captain has "no idea" what exactly is happening at the womans seat. He doesn't want to make a scene if nothing is really wrong, does he?

The bathrooms are tiny, he put his bag in the overhead before using the john.... so?

So, given the small number of details above I conclude the woman couldn't have been too terrified if she made no real attempt to get to safety.

If that is NOT the case, then this woman is not smart enough to be flying on any airplane where other peoples lives may also be in danger!

*COMMON SENSE tells you if you are afraid... MOVE.

*COMMON SENSE if asked whether to stay or leave, CHOOSE, just how afraid are you?

*If this guy REALLY WAS dangerous, SHE LET THEM TAKE OFF!

*If she's paranoid and full of fear, suspicious of everyone, thanks to the media.... stay off the airplanes.

I mean think about it... she says she's afraid, yet she sat there! What kind of person just sits there trembling without attempting to escape the fear?

Did she expect someone else to make the decision for her?

She's the ONLY one who experienced this guys mumbling....
If she felt afraid enough to bring it up, why not follow through? The Captain deliberately sent a final request to her.... do you want to stay or go.... how afraid was she?

What was she more afraid of.... getting off the plane, or sitting next to the guy?

She chose to stay next to the guy. That sends an a-ok message back to the flight attendants and the Captain.

Sounds like she expected the crew to make a big deal investigation at the gate on her say so....

Thats not how it works. Either there is a problem, or there is not. They will stop a flight in a heartbeat if they think there is a problem. If she had said NO, we do not leave the gate, the Captain would have recognized a potentially dangerous situation, the plane would remain at the gate until Tower is contacted, personnel are in place, and then procedures would be followed.... that flight would have cancelled.

If you feel you are in danger, you speak up, and follow through. Better safe than sorry.

If you are paranoid by nature (and media) stay off the aircraft.

No one wants their flight cancelled over false fears, and
No one wants to get on a plane with a terrorist.

Personally, I don't believe there has been any REAL
"onboard" terrorists in probably years....

I say this because so far all the reports "lately" have
so many twists, lies, contradictions, and holes in the stories that these are probably staged episodes specifically designed to create FEAR in people like our young lady on this Philly flight.

Which is NOT to say that these are not scarey incidents.
Of course they are.... all the more reason to think about what is really happening around you.

People who live in fear bother me. It's no way to live.
People who are afraid to stand up in life threatening situations.... that bothers me too.