Would-Be Turkish Airlines Hijacker Gets Sat On by Passengers
Forget about the United pilot who spilled coffee on his controls, accidentally activating the hijacking alert button. There was a real hijacking attempt yesterday, and for some reason it's been pretty underreported. Perhaps because the alleged hijacker wasn't successful? Still...
According to BBC News, a Turkish Airlines flight headed from Oslo to Istanbul was flying high like normal, when, suddenly, a passenger towards the rear of the plane donned a mask and held up a radio handset-like device claiming he had a bomb and wanted the plane turned around and taken back to Oslo.
He apparently wanted to access the cockpit to continue his demands, but some of the 59 passengers onboard subdued him before he could do anything else.
Now here's our favorite part: when the plane landed as normal at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, the police boarded and found the would-be hijacker on the floor, with a passenger sitting on top of him. He was then arrested and the bomb found to be a fake.
Oh man, we just thought of a major plus to having overweight passengers on board: terrorist containment.
[Photo: Brave New Traveler via IdealistCafe]