A recent flight from Washington D.C. to Orlando, Fla., was used by possible terrorists as a “dry run” for a planned attack on United States airliners, similar to the 2001 September 11 attacks.
That, anyway, is what a Tampa TV station says it has discovered by obtaining an internal e-mail sent to members of a pilot’s union, the U.S. Airline Pilots Association, which represents US Airways pilots.
The memo, reproduced on the web site of WTSP TV, pinpoints the dry run to US Air’s Flight 1880 on September 2. On the flight, according to the memo, the following transpired:
“A group of Middle-Eastern males boarded in DCA. Shortly after takeoff, one got up and ran from his seat in coach towards the flight deck door. He made a hard left and entered the forward lav, where he stayed for a considerable length of time! While he was in there, the others got up and proceeded to move about the cabin, changing seats, opening overhead bins, and generally making a scene. They appeared to be trying to occupy and distract the flight attendants.”
The memo goes on to ask, “Coincidence?”
The memo says that Federal Air Marshalls on board the flight saw the situation as serious enough to reveal themselves and “deal with the situation in no uncertain terms.”
The Transportation Safety Administration confirmed the incident, the WTSP report says. The TSA told the station that there is no cause to investigate further.
But an unnamed Federal Air Marshall told WTSP, “they're liars. They're flat out liars." The anonymous marshall said that the TSA does not want the public to know about the inadequacy of its anti-terrorist procedures.
The memo also said that on Flight 1180's return trip to Washington, no air marshall was scheduled to fly that route, but there was supposed to have been “a significant VIP” on board. The VIP rebooked to another flight after being informed of the incident on the incoming leg of Flight 1880.
The memo notes that there were “eight Middle Eastern females, concealed in full burkas” waiting to board that return flight.
“Coincidence?” the memo asks again.
SOURCES: WTSP TV (2), USA Today