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Old September 28, 2001, 04:01 PM   #26
Christopher II
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Whatever the response, you would have to size up the situation and act quickly.

Once the terrorists get past the inital panic and confusion of the inital threat, they will act quickly to secure the passengers and minimize the chance of resistance. In most cases this will include buckling all the passengers into their seats, with male passengers moved away from aisles and blind spots. The bad guys could also restrain the passengers with wire ties or the like. Once that has happened, you chances of fighting back sucsessfully have dropped like a stone.

Before the WTC attack, I would have advised people to sit tight. However, in the wake of the Tuesday attack, I think that the only rational response to a hijacking is to assume that the hijackers mean to kill the hostages.

So commit and move quick.

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