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Gingersnap
05-12-2011, 12:45 PM
No explanation for 'outbreak of insanity' on planes
By Gary Stoller, USA TODAY

Aviation experts cannot explain what has prompted three airline passengers to try to open cabin or cockpit doors while in flight the past few days, but they say other passengers shouldn't worry.

Exit doors cannot be opened while the plane is in the air, they say, and doors to cockpits have been hardened and locked since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

"It's not possible to open an aircraft door in-flight, and cockpit doors have been reinforced," says American Airlines spokesman Ed Martelle.

Former Federal Aviation Administration security director Billie Vincent says he has no idea and no theories for "this outbreak of insanity" by passengers.

The latest incident occurred Tuesday night on a flight from Orlando to Boston. Massachusetts police say they arrested 43-year-old Robert Hersey after his alleged attempt to open an emergency door on a Delta Air Lines Airbus A320. Passengers say he had been drinking and appeared upset when the flight was late.

"The report I saw indicated that the Delta passenger was drunk, but why try to open a door in-flight?" Vincent asks.

•On Sunday, American Airlines flight attendants and passengers subdued a Yemeni native who was screaming and pounding on a cockpit door of a Boeing 737-800 jet 40 minutes before it was scheduled to land in San Francisco, Martelle says.

Police arrested Rageh Al-Murisi, 28, and charged him with interfering with a flight crew. A federal judge on Tuesday denied bail.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elise Becker says Al-Murisi yelled "God is great" in Arabic before heading to the cockpit.

Martelle says American flight attendants didn't understand what Al-Murisi was saying and initially thought he was mistaking the cockpit door for the bathroom door. When they pointed him to the bathroom door, he again tried to open the cockpit door, Martelle says.

The flight from Chicago was carrying 156 passengers, four flight attendants and two pilots.

•Also on Sunday, Continental Airlines Flight 546 was diverted to St. Louis after a passenger tried to open a cabin door and was subdued by flight attendants and passengers. The Boeing 737-800, carrying 160 passengers and six crewmembers, was en route from Houston to Chicago.

Prosecutors say that Reynel Alcaide, 34, of Burbank, Ill., rushed up the aisle toward the front of the plane, pinned a flight attendant against a wall and tried to open the door.

Passengers shouldn't be concerned about the rash of incidents because they "are so infrequent," Martelle says.

USA Today (http://travel.usatoday.com/flights/story/2011/05/No-explanation-for-outbreak-of-insanity-on-planes/47067938/1)

FlaGator
05-12-2011, 02:01 PM
I can explain it, or at least the majority of them. Massive alcohol consumption in the airport bars before take off...

CueSi
05-12-2011, 02:55 PM
I can explain it, or at least the majority of them. Massive alcohol consumption in the airport bars before take off...

Oh GOD, as someone of legal age who likes a screwdriver before a flight, PLEASE do not take my two drinks from me ... I need those to loosen up !

~QC

megimoo
05-12-2011, 03:12 PM
I can explain it, or at least the majority of them. Massive alcohol consumption in the airport bars before take off...
If they were that drunk they would never let them board.Those cabin doors open inward and when pressurized at altitude the cabin differential pressure makes the doors just about impossible to open in flight .
Sounds more like a suicide syndrome .The samed old story " I am going to kill myself and I want to take you all with me !"

Articulate_Ape
05-12-2011, 03:19 PM
Claustrophobia.

megimoo
05-12-2011, 03:37 PM
Claustrophobia.In That Case why board an aluminum coffin ?

FlaGator
05-12-2011, 04:37 PM
If they were that drunk they would never let them board.Those cabin doors open inward and when pressurized at altitude the cabin differential pressure makes the doors just about impossible to open in flight .
Sounds more like a suicide syndrome .The samed old story " I am going to kill myself and I want to take you all with me !"

I have been allowed to board planes while obviously extremely intoxicated... and even served more drinks once the flight got going. As long as your not causing trouble and can basically stand upright they'll let you on.

megimoo
05-12-2011, 06:20 PM
I have been allowed to board planes while obviously extremely intoxicated... and even served more drinks once the flight got going. As long as your not causing trouble and can basically stand upright they'll let you on.

I supose that if you were quiet and didn't breath too much on the stewardess they would allow you on board.I've been on a plane where several guys boarded together all half drunk.They started to hastle the stewardess for drinks while we taxied out.The stewardess went to the cockpit and the captain turned around and taxied back.The state cops came aboard and took the drunk guys off in cuffs !

Loud drunks on planes are bad news for everyone.I once traveled sitting next to a guy who had a mouthwash bottle full of Vodka in his flight bag .After the steward shut him off with six drinks he started on the mouthwash .The steward threatened him several times when the drunk set fire to the cocktail napkins and the pilot finally came back and they took the bottle away from him .When we got to California they took him off in a wheelchair still crap faced .

noonwitch
05-13-2011, 05:25 PM
If it's not because of alcohol, it otherwise sounds like a plot for an M. Night Shanalyan (or whatever his name is) movie.