Flight #297…..Terrorist Practice?

[Editor’s note:  this is a compelling story that is appearing widely on other blogs.  The facts are inconclusive as yet (see Snopes: flight297.asp ) but an Airtran statment claims that the quoted witness Ted Petruna was not even on the plane having arrived too late at the gate ( Hero wasn’t on plane ).  As David suggests – do your own research and draw your own conclusion]

Good evening South Florida 9/12.  I was just checking my email and read a forward, which, if this is the first you’ve heard of it, I believe could and should become the news story of the month.

In a nutshell, on November 17, 2009 there was an incident on Airtran Flt. #297 from Atlanta to Houston.  The little media attention only said that a flight was cancelled due to a man refusing to shut off his cell phone.

According to the story as reported by passenger Ted Petruna, which I’ll weave back and forth with paraphrases and italicized quotes starting here:

…”This was NOT what happened.  I was in 1st class coming home. 11 Muslim men got on the plane in full 
attire. 2 sat in 1st class and the rest peppered themselves throughout the 
plane all the way to the back. As the plane taxied to the runway the 
stewardesses gave the safety spiel we are all so familiar with. At that 
time, one of the men got on his cell and called one of his companions in the
back and proceeded to talk on the phone in Arabic very loudly and very 
aggressively. This took the 1st stewardess out of the picture for she 
repeatedly told the man that cell phones were not permitted at the time. He

ignored her as if she was not there.

The 2nd man who answered the phone did the same and this took out the 2nd 

Please note, I am simply copying and pasting directly from the email I received.  The grammatical and spelling errors are not mine.

So, the flight was boarding just as thousands do everyday, and these eleven guys start acting very suspiciously.  I think we all get that, but then the plot started to thicken.  While two of the flight attendants are now busy dealing with the cell phone jerks, (you may feel free to inject a different word than “jerks”) all of a sudden:

….”In the back of the plane at this time, 2 younger Muslims, one 
in the back aisle, and one in front of him, window, began to show footage of
a porno they had taped the night before, and were very loud about it. 
Now, they are only permitted to do this prior to Jihad.”

The 3rd 
stewardess informed them that they were not to have electronic devices on at
this time. To which one of the men said “shut up infidel dog!” She went to
take the camcorder and he began to scream in her face in Arabic. At that 
exact moment, all 11 of them got up and started to walk the cabin.”

This is where Mr. Petruna was done listening to the nonsense.  At this point he got up and started for the back of the plane to assist the flight attendants, and at least one other man offered to help him.  The two of them proceeded to subdue the “jerks” and escort them to the cabin door.

Mr. Petruna continued, “As I escorted him forward the plane doors open and 3 TSA 
agents and 4 police officers entered. Me and my new Texan friend were told 
to cease and desist for they had this under control. I was happy to oblige 
actually. There was some commotion in the back, but within moments, all 11 
were escorted off the plane. They then unloaded their luggage.

We talked about the occurrence and were in disbelief that it had happen, 
when suddenly, the door open again and on walked all 11!! Stone faced, eyes

front and robotic (the only way I can describe it). The stewardess from the

back had been in tears and when she saw this, she was having NONE of it! 
Being that I was up front, I heard and saw the whole ordeal. She told the 
TSA agent there was NO WAY she was staying on the plane with these men. The

agent told her they had searched them and were going to go through their 
luggage with a fine tooth comb and that they were allowed to proceed to 
Houston. The captain and co-captain came out and told the agent “we and our
crew will not fly this plane!” After a word or two, the entire crew, 
luggage in tow, left the plane. 5 minutes later, the cabin door opened 
again and a whole new crew walked on.

Again…this is where I had had enough!!! I got up and asked “What the 
hell is going on!?!?” I was told to take my seat. They were sorry for the 
delay and I would be home shortly. I said “I’m getting off this plane”. 
The stewardess sternly told me that she could not allow me to get off. (now

I’m mad!) I said “I am a grown man who bought this ticket, whose time is 
mine with a family at home and I am going through that door, or I’m going 
through that door with you under my arm!! But I am going through that 
door!!” And I heard a voice behind me say “so am I”. Then everyone behind 
us started to get up and say the same. Within 2 minutes, I was walking off 
that plane where I was met with more agents who asked me to write a 
statement. I had 5 hours to kill at this point so why the hell not. Due to
the amount of people who got off that flight, it was cancelled.”

I Googled this because I simply couldn’t fathom that it could be true.  Well, there’s a whole plethora of information about the incident and I invite everyone to check it out to draw your own conclusions.  All you have to do is search Google with “Airtran flight #297.”

Snopes gave it the normal wishy/washy review they give to, in my opinion, all touchy subjects.  But, they did at least partially acknowledge it as having happened.  I doubt we’ll ever hear the complete facts of this incident, which in and of itself is a tragedy, but I absolutely believe that it very clearly brings into focus how dangerous political correctness truly is.

If the meat of this story is true and those people hadn’t made the stand they made, I believe it is very likely that this would have become a very tragic news event that everyone would know about.  I also believe that a group of men dressed and behaving as those men were should never have been allowed on that plane in the first place.  Profile all day long if it means saving lives!  It was as Mr. Petruna said, very likely a dry run.  I think I’d call it a dress rehearsal.

I guess I’ll close this by saying that we must remain vigilant at all times and never be afraid to do the right thing in every given situation, regardless of the potential labeling.  Have a great and safe weekend.


3 Responses to “Flight #297…..Terrorist Practice?”
  1. flowergirl1963 flowergirl1963 says:

    You got me curious so I went on a google search and found the following. Very disturbing!


    • David DiCrescenzo David DiCrescenzo says:

      Thank you for pointing me to that site. I did scan the comments after the story, and I’m amazed that instead of recognizing the potential threat, a good number of the people making comments believe basically that the whole thing is merely “right wing” propaganda. They really should re-visit the footage from the 9/11 and check what the perpetrators of that day were up to prior to the event. Pie in the sky liberals won’t get it until we get hit hard again. My fear is that our enemies would love such a big hit, but will settle for multiple small hits which will get minimal coverage and they can basically commit their deeds unencumbered. You used the right word, by the way. It is very disturbing!

  2. sandra says:

    Wonder if the bad actors came from one of the 38 or more Jihad training camps throughout the United States for several years now?
    Yes, just search for hannity, jihad camps Hannity featured the full story on the camps run by an Iman from Pakistan. The war training camps are called ‘Muslim of America’
    Not surprising when how it’s mainstream news that the Obama administration is funding AL-Ciada.
    David above should check out the site, Engineers and Architects for 9-11 truth. But I agree, the threat is real.
    Don’t discount that there is an enemy within.

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