Thank you, big peopleMarch 28, 2012 @ 7:32 am (Updated: 8:26 am - 3/28/12 )
I know we Americans don't agree on much these days, but I'll bet we agree that about the last thing you want to see on your Jet Blue flight from New York to Las Vegas is somebody screaming about a bomb and banging on the cockpit door. Especially if it's the pilot.
"Within a short period of time he started screaming
about al Qaeda and possibly a bomb on the plane, and Iraq
and Iran, and we're all going down," reported one
And when that kind of thing happens, and there are no sky marshals on board, I think we can also all agree that it would be great if your plane was full of people on their way to Las Vegas to attend an International Security Conference.
"By a stroke of good luck we happened to have a former NYPD officer onboard. We had a former corrections officer onboard," said Laurie Dhue, a former anchor for Fox and CNN who also happened to be on board.
And while nobody's quite sure what set off pilot Clayton Osbon, everybody saw who took him down - it was former Corrections Officer Dave Gonzalez, a very big man.
"I wasn't letting go of this guy until we landed the plane. I was still on top of this guy until we landed the plane," said Gonzalez.
So Dave held him down, various other big people used their belts to secure his hands. An off-duty pilot who also happened to be aboard helped land the plane, and everybody else, of course, took out their cell phones and started taping.
I have to say, I know we have all those drones, and that gigantic defense department keeping us safe, but if we just gave free plane tickets to big people like Dave Gonzales, al Qaeda would have to give up.
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