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              Thursday, September 27 2001 

Thinking outside the box

Bill Dalrymple sent this [he didn't say anything, and I have no knowledge, concerning the item's veracity; regardless, it make s a point worth considering]:

Over the airplane's public-address system came a most incredible announcement from the captain of United Flight 564 as it was about to pull out of the gate at Denver International Airport last Saturday, writes Peter Hannaford, a public-affairs consultant in Washington and former adviser to President Reagan.

"I want to thank you brave folks for coming out today," the pilot began. "We don't have any new instructions from the federal government, so from now on, we're on our own." The passengers listened in total silence. "Sometimes a potential hijacker will announce that he has a bomb. There are no bombs on this aircraft and if someone were to get up and make that claim, don't believe him. If someone were to stand up, brandish something such as a plastic knife and say, 'This is a hijacking' or words to that effect, here is what you should do:

"Every one of you should stand up and immediately throw things at that person: pillows, books, magazines, eyeglasses, shoes—anything that will throw him off balance and distract his attention. If he has a confederate or two, do the same with them. Most important: get a blanket over him, then wrestle him to the floor and keep him there. We'll land the plane at the nearest airport and the authorities will take it from there.

"Remember, there will be one of him and maybe a few confederates, but there are 200 of you. Now, since we're a family for the next few hours, I'll ask you to turn to the person next to you, introduce yourself, tell them a little about yourself and ask them to do the same."

The end of this remarkable speech, Mr. Hannaford says, brought sustained clapping from the passengers.

Those of us who could almost see the fateful end of United Airlines Flight 93 near Shanksville (leastways in our minds' eyes) have probably all considered the question, what would I do in that situation? Could the people on the other three hijacked planes have done anything like those in Flight 93, especially, perhaps, if they'd first had a speech like the one above?

What do you think of the pilot's suggestions? What do you think you'd do...in reality, and ideally?

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

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Sent by Mike Harrison

The other side of the door

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was leaving the room after paying a visit, and said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side."

Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know."

"You don't know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?"

The doctor was holding the handle of the door. On the other side of the door there came the sound of scratching and whining. As he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice that dog? He had never been in this room before. He did not know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing: I know my Master is there, and that is enough. And when the door opens, I shall pass through with no fear, but with gladness."

Sent by Zan

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