Flying the Unfriendly Skies - The Threat Continues

The following e-mail was sent to the Northeast Intelligence Network by a former flight attendant and reprinted here with permission.

10 December 2005: I have long been a reader of your website,

In reference to the article series written by Annie Jacobsen, Terror in the Skies, I am compelled to tell you the following:

From 1989 until September 1991, I was a flight attendant for [REDACTED]. From May 2000 until April 2003, I was a Newark based flight attendant for United Airlines. My Newark flying partners were murdered aboard flight 93 on 9/11/01.

As required, I attended annual flight attendant safety and security training. Despite corporate and governmental political correctness, our instructors’ only priority was the safety and security of the flight attendants, the crew, the passengers, and the aircraft.

In 2003, I attended annual training in [a hub city]. During that training, we were told by the instructors: “You are being watched” (by potential hijackers riding aboard aircraft). Basically, all I can say is that the very events described by Annie Jacobson in Terror in the Skies were actually taking place aboard U.S. airliners. This was BEFORE Ms. Jacobsen’s articles were published. I could not believe it!

To make a long story short, I resigned from United Airlines. I am a mother of three and my children were not happy when I returned to flying after 9/11/01, and there were other factors (that influenced my decision to resign).

For awhile, I communicated with a prominent travel journalist about Ms. Jacobsen’s article, told him what I knew, related various actual incidents involving my former flying partners that were also documented on a flight attendant discussion board and among friends who fly the line. These incidents had already occurred and had been reported to the airline, the FAA and our union. For awhile, this journalist seemed interested, and then slowly became disinterested. Perhaps I had been labeled a ‘kook’ for believing Jacobsen and trying to convince this journalist that her fears were real and founded and that the flight attendant population had been talking about these incidents for months. Perhaps my views and what I had heard “on the line” were deemed too politically incorrect to publish. Whatever the reason, the subject was dropped and the hubbub over Ms. Jacobsen’s article faded.

It’s a shame. We both realize this. Unfortunately, we were not told of any specific incidents by our instructors so I have no hard core proof from their files. Aside from one very odd experience I witnessed that occurred on a flight from Chicago to Newark, I have been fortunate not to have actually seen anything I can positively deem a dry run involving terrorists.

Anyway, I just wanted to write to you and tell you that Annie is right. This stuff is going on. The flight crew knows it. The Airlines know it. The Government for sure knows it. They just won’t confirm it to the public.


(Former flight attendant for a commercial airliner; Name redacted by request)

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