Attack of the Kodak

Reading up on the latest advisory of possible Al Qaeda airline hijackings by the end of summer, I came across this description of how the hijackers may plot to pull off another 9-11...

"The hijackers may try to calm passengers and make them believe they were on a hostage, not suicide, mission," a warning distributed over the weekend to airlines and law enforcement agencies said. "The hijackers may attempt to use common items carried by travelers, such as cameras, modified as weapons."

Let's hope no one has to find out... But, on any given post-9/11 flight anywhere within the United States, is there really a chance that dozens of passengers will allow five men swinging cameras around to take control of an airliner? Would passengers be "calmed" by having it explained (lied) to them that they will be hostages, and not a flying bomb?

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is there really a chance

is there really a chance that dozens of passengers will allow five men swinging cameras around to take control of an airliner? Would passengers be "calmed" by having it explained (lied) to them that they will be hostages, and not a flying bomb?

No way. There is no chance that would work.

The question of whether the

The question of whether the plane is a flying bomb or a carrier of traditional hostages is quite easily answered by observers on the spot. All they need to do is answer one simple question:

Are any of the hijackers sitting at the controls of the plane?

If they're not, pointing a gun at the guy who is at the controls isn't going to get him to crash into anything - he's just as dead crashing as getting shot. And if they do intend to land the plane safely, the pilot with a gun to his head will be more than happy to do that for them with utmost skill and professionalism.

It doesn't speak well for our general state of mind up until 9/11 that the hijackers personally taking the controls didn't immediately tip off any of the passengers that something odd and ominous was going on.

"Would passengers be

"Would passengers be 'calmed' by having it explained (lied) to them that they will be hostages, and not a flying bomb?"

Probably not, but you could bet on this:

They will be calmed when TSA starts prohibiting their boarding airliners with cameras.

Watch.