Canadian Commandos Storm A Full Airliner

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Sunwing Airliners Flight 772, a 737 with 183 passengers on-board, was only about 45 minutes into its trip from Toronto to Panama when a bomb threat was made by a passenger. What followed was an F-16 escort and a Royal Canadian Mounted Police special tactics team storming the aircraft upon landing, screaming 'heads down' and pointing tricked out M4s at passengers.





 



As to what exactly the man on board did to elicit such a heavy-handed response, National Post writes:




The 25-year-old passenger became increasingly agitated after the plane took off, Sunwing President Mark Williams said. The man tore up magazines and the safety card and tried to rip the window shade off, he said. After the passenger told the crew that he wanted to "blow up the airplane," the pilot decided to execute the airline's emergency response plan, Williams said.




Once the captain of the airliner declared an emergency, a pair of 180th FW USAF F-16CGs, based out of Toledo, Ohio, were diverted from a training mission to escort the plane back to Toronto.



Apparently the irate passenger in question's family says that he has mental issues (obviously?!), and that he was not a real threat, leaving some questioning if storming the jet with a half dozen commandos and pointing loaded assault rifles at passengers who had nothing to do with the incident in question was really necessary.



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Apparently the irate passenger in question's family says that he has mental issues (obviously?!), and that he was not a real threat, leaving some questioning if storming the jet with a half dozen commandos and pointing loaded assault rifles at passengers who had nothing to do with the incident in question was really necessary.

 

Someone threatening to blow up an airliner is reason enough for action to be taken.  Obviously, the RCMP team was available, so they took the lead instead of a local agency.  Police needed to be involved, so you might as well use the best tool available.

Total over reaction. However why is the family letting their mental kid travel alone if he acts like this?

No way for the pilot to ascertain how crazy the guy is, or whether he has a bomb. He has to err on the side of caution.

LOL at all the people standing up and turning around to watch the commandos, who are screaming at them to put their heads down.

Too bad a passenger didn't punch that morons lights out

That one girl sounded like she wanted to jam with them, like she was a backup singer.

HEADS DOWN!
Heads down.
HEADS DOWN!
Heads down.

BajiKimran - Total over reaction. However why is the family letting their mental kid travel alone if he acts like this?

You're a fucking moran. Over reaction? What if he did have something? You willing to bet your life and the other passengers lives on a chance?
I would have personally thanked the RCMP/USAF for maintaining my safety and removing that fucking psycho from the airplane. Not to mention delaying my vacation by hours.
Happy flying, faggot.

Yah it was a total over reaction.

No one on the plane appeared to be taking the situation seriously which is telling to how stupid it was.

A few savvy stewardesses could have handled this problem.

My neighbor was part of the swat team that handled it.

 

I was expecting "hands up, sorry, hands up, thank you and sorry."

RaepChoked - 
BajiKimran - Total over reaction. However why is the family letting their mental kid travel alone if he acts like this?

You're a fucking moran. Over reaction? What if he did have something? You willing to bet your life and the other passengers lives on a chance?
I would have personally thanked the RCMP/USAF for maintaining my safety and removing that fucking psycho from the airplane. Not to mention delaying my vacation by hours.
Happy flying, faggot.

Lets say the guy has a bomb. Is the plan to yell loud enough that he's scared to detonate it? I don't see what these guys were going to do against a bomb suspect that they couldn't have done by calmly having the flight attendant take them to the passenger, then they could address him as intensely as they wanted.

Or they could have made the plan park out in the middle of the air strip, then have everyone exit onto the tarmac, where they could have searched everyone if they were afraid there were multiple people involved.

Even if this guy had said "I have a bomb and do plan on committing terrorist acts", I don't think this was a wise approach.

But hey, that's just me.

RaepChoked -
BajiKimran - Total over reaction. However why is the family letting their mental kid travel alone if he acts like this?

You're a fucking moran. Over reaction? What if he did have something? You willing to bet your life and the other passengers lives on a chance?
I would have personally thanked the RCMP/USAF for maintaining my safety and removing that fucking psycho from the airplane. Not to mention delaying my vacation by hours.
Happy flying, faggot.
He said he wanted to bomb Canada after bitching about cigarette prices then proceeded to rip up pamphlets from the plane. They knew this guy was just a whack job. Fuck off with your American fear mongering bullshit.

If it was so serious, why the hell would they not land the plane ASAP and why would the leave the passengers on the plane with him sitting on the tarmac for an hour.

Putting guns in the faces of innocent passengers risking accidental firing was overboard. So beyond overboard that people should be fired over this situation. Phone Post 3.0

Why didn't they do what Americans do when some wackjob starts acting out on a plane? All it takes is 4 average sized men and some rope or tape to tie him down and you sit the baddest dude on the plane next to him in case he decides he wants to act out again.

Why wasn't their an air Marshall that could have detained him? Phone Post 3.0

TzTinkle - Why didn't they do what Americans do when some wackjob starts acting out on a plane? All it takes is 4 average sized men and some rope or tape to tie him down and you sit the baddest dude on the plane next to him in case he decides he wants to act out again.
People sitting behind him didn't even hear exactly what he said all that clearly. So I have a feeling the air waitress was exaggerating a bit on how much he freaked out... or the media pushed it with their version of the story. Phone Post 3.0

It may have been a bit of an over reaction but it does send a message. I'm just glad no one shot them out of the sky. Phone Post 3.0

MrFluffyHippo - Why wasn't their an air Marshall that could have detained him? Phone Post 3.0
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police used to employ air Marshall's until 2011. But their horses were blowing their cover. Phone Post 3.0

That would startle the shit out of me, but better safe than sorry. Phone Post 3.0

GenericAmerican - 
RaepChoked - 
BajiKimran - Total over reaction. However why is the family letting their mental kid travel alone if he acts like this?

You're a fucking moran. Over reaction? What if he did have something? You willing to bet your life and the other passengers lives on a chance?
I would have personally thanked the RCMP/USAF for maintaining my safety and removing that fucking psycho from the airplane. Not to mention delaying my vacation by hours.
Happy flying, faggot.

Lets say the guy has a bomb. Is the plan to yell loud enough that he's scared to detonate it? I don't see what these guys were going to do against a bomb suspect that they couldn't have done by calmly having the flight attendant take them to the passenger, then they could address him as intensely as they wanted.

Or they could have made the plan park out in the middle of the air strip, then have everyone exit onto the tarmac, where they could have searched everyone if they were afraid there were multiple people involved.

Even if this guy had said "I have a bomb and do plan on committing terrorist acts", I don't think this was a wise approach.

But hey, that's just me.

Voice of reason.