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Pilot Didn't Wait For New Gov't Hijack Rules

A World War II combat veteran tells NewsMax.com that our soldiers prevailed in D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge because they were trained to think on their feet: If a sergeant fell on the battlefield a quick-thinking private would immediately take his place.

Not so the Nazis, who were lost the minute their units were decapitated.

That spirit of independence and ingenuity was on display last Saturday aboard United Airlines Flight 564 in Denver.

A passenger described what happened shortly after takeoff to the Washington Times' John McCaslin, who shared this account with his readers Thursday:

"I want to thank you brave folks for coming out today," the pilot announced over the public address system. "We don't have any new instructions from the federal government, so from now on, we're on our own."

The passengers listened in total silence, McCaslin was told.

"Sometimes a potential hijacker will announce that he has a bomb. There are no bombs on this aircraft and if someone were to get up and make that claim, don't believe him. If someone were to stand up, brandish something such as a plastic knife and say, 'This is a hijacking' or words to that effect, here is what you should do:

"Every one of you should stand up and immediately throw things at that person — pillows, books, magazines, eyeglasses, shoes — anything that will throw him off balance and distract his attention. If he has a confederate or two, do the same with them. Most important: get a blanket over him, then wrestle him to the floor and keep him there. We'll land the plane at the nearest airport and the authorities will take it from there.

"Remember, there will be one of him and maybe a few confederates, but there are 200 of you. Now, since we're a family for the next few hours, I'll ask you to turn to the person next to you, introduce yourself, tell them a little about yourself and ask them to do the same."

At the end of that remarkable address, Flight 564's passengers gave their pilot a rousing round of applause.
 

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It's sad that it takes a tragedy to make America pull together. If this had been said two weeks ago, most passengers would have probably tried to get a different flight.
 

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Down South we have a unique device called a "Do-Right Stick", made of a length of 2" dried hickory the length of a walking cane. Amost every car and truck has one and we teach our wives and daughters how to us it! maybe we shoild see more walking canes (Do-Right Sticks) carried on airplanes! They make a real good head knocker and gut jammer!
Best Regards, James
 

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While cussing and discussing recent events one feller said they just need to issue everyone that gets on the plane a .38 and pick them up when they land.
Level the playing field so to speak. Joey S
 
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