Flight 297 and the Muslim Passengers - Internet/Facebook Rumour

18 Aug 2013 - Article No: 1759. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

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Cancelled Flight- please read!!
Please read entire story, we should be very, very scared about this!
And to think that Fox News was the only channel that reported this. They may be "politically incorrect", but at least they had the "balls" to report it.
In my opinion, the Muslims are all getting very brave now. Read Tedd Petruna`s story below. Can you imagine, our own news media now are so politically correct that they are afraid to report that these were all Muslims?
Unbelievable. Thank God for people like Tedd Petruna.
Tedd Petruna is a diver at the NBL (Neutral Buoyancy Lab) facility at NASA Houston . Tedd happened to be on the AirTran Flight 297, from Atlanta to Houston . Here`s his report :
"One week ago, I went to Ohio on business and to see my father. On Tuesday, the 17th, I returned home. If you read the papers the 18th you may have seen a blurb about where an Air Tran flight was canceled from Atlanta to Houston due to a man who refused to get off of his cell phone before take- off.. The story was only on Fox News. That was NOT what really happened.
I was seated in 1st class com ing home. Eleven Muslim men got on the plane in full Muslim attire. Two of them sat in 1st class and the rest seated themselves throughout the plane, in coach class, all the way to the back. As the plane taxied out to the runway, the stewardesses gave the safety spiel that we are all so familiar with.
At that time, one of the men in 1st class, got on his cell and called one of his com panions back in coach. He proceeded to talk on the phone in Arabic very loudly and very, very aggressively. This activity took the 1st stewardess out of action for she repeatedly told the man that cell phones were not permitted at that time. He ignored her as if she were not there. The man, who answered the phone back in the coach section, did the same and this took out the 2nd stewardess. Further back in the plane, at the same time, two younger Muslims, one in the back on the aisle, and one sitting in front of him by the window, began to show footage of a porno video they had taped the night before. They were very loud about it.

The 3rd stewardess informed the two men that they were not to have any electronic devices on at this time. One of the men said "shut up infidel dog!"

The stewardess attempted to take the camcorder and the Muslim began to scream in her face in Arabic. At that exact moment, all eleven of the men got up and started to walk throughout the cabin. I guess that because of the noise, the flight crew must have decided that there was something amiss and changed the plane`s directions to head back to the terminal.

The com motion and noise was reaching a feverish pitch, and at this point I had had enough! I got up and started towards the back of 1st class when I heard a voice behind me from another Texan twice my size, say, "I got your back." Then I grabbed the man, who had been on the cell phone, by the arm and said, "You WILL sit down in your seat or you WILL be thrown from this plane!" As I "led" him around me to take his seat, the fellow Texan grabbed him by the back of his neck and his waist and headed him back to his seat. I then grabbed the 2nd man and said, "You WILL do the same!"

He protested loudly, but my adrenaline was flowing now and he was going to go also. Just as I escorted him forward, the plane stopped, the doors opened and three TSA agents and four police officers entered the cabin. Myself and my new Texas friend were told to cease and desist for they had the situation under control.

I was quite happy to oblige, actually. There was still some sort of com motion in the back, but within moments, all eleven Muslim men were escorted off the plane. The TSA agents then had their luggage unloaded. We talked about the occurrence and were in disbelief that it had happened.

Then suddenly, the door opened again and in walked all eleven Muslim men! Stone faced, eyes front and robotic, (the only way I can describe it) and they were reseated. The stewardess from the back had been in tears and when she saw the men, she was having NONE of it! Since I was up front, I heard and saw the whole ordeal. She told the TSA agents that there was NO WAY she was staying on the plane with the Muslim men. The agent told her that they had searched the men and were going through their luggage with a fine tooth com b. However, nothing had been found and that the men were allowed to proceed on to Houston .

The captain and co-captain came out of the cockpit and told the agent, "We and our crew will not fly this plane!" After a word or two, the entire crew, luggage in tow, left the plane. Five minutes later, the cabin door opened again and a whole new crew walked on. Again, this was where I had had enough! I got up and asked the TSA agent, "What the hell is going on?

I was told to take my seat. The airlines and TSA were sorry for the delay and we would be home shortly. I said, "I`m getting off this plane". The stewardess sternly told me that she could not allow me to get off. Now I`m really mad! I said, "I am a grown man who bought this ticket, whose time is mine, with a family at home, and I am going through that door, or I`m going through that door with you under my arm, but I AM going through that door!"

And then I heard a voice behind me say, "So am I!" Then everyone behind us started to get up and say the same thing. Within two minutes, I was walking off that plane where I was met by more TSA agents, who asked me to write a statement about the incident. I had five hours to kill at this point waiting for the next flight to Houston , so why the hell not give them my statement. Due to the amount of people who got off that flight, it was canceled. I was supposed to be in Houston at 6 PM , but I finally got there at 12:30 AM . If you don`t believe this, look up the date and then Flight 297 from Atlanta to Houston .

If this wasn`t a terrorism dry run, I don`t know what is. The terrorists wanted to see how TSA would handle it, how the crew would handle it, and how the passengers would handle it. I`m telling this to you because I want you to know. The threat IS real. I saw it with my own eyes."
Tedd Petruna

Bottom line: Don`t board airplane with suspicious-looking folks !

I suggest you keep this going until this incident reaches the email of all POLITICIANS and the news media!

PEOPLE THAT DELETE THIS TYPE OF EMAIL, REFUSE TO PASS IT ON, OR SIMPLY DON`T CARE ARE ONE OF THE REASONS THAT PEOPLE THAT DO CARE CAN`T MAKE ANY HEADWAY.. THE THREATS ARE REAL.




Messages that tell the story of AirTran Flight 297 from Atlanta to Houston where various Muslims were ejected from a plane after one refused to turn off a cellphone are circulating the Internet. The message asserts that after being asked to turn off a phone a Muslim passenger became irate at air crew and began throwing insults at them. This resulted in 11 men being escorted of the plane, who eventually reboarded the plane some time after.

The story then goes on to describe how the author of the message, apparently called Theodore “Tedd” Petruna, helped the air crew seat the non-compliant Muslims until TSA Agents escorted them and others off the plane. The author also speculates that this was likely a “dry run” for terrorist activity.

The message is based on a real incident that occurred back in 2009 and this particular story has been circulating the Internet for a number of years, but after a little research it is clear that the story told above appears to be a fabrication that is based on little evidence and contradicts other witness statements taken from passengers on the flight.

Firstly and perhaps most importantly a statement from AirTran notes that the man who apparently authored the message was never actually on the flight in question –


After conducting additional research into this situation, we have verified, according to flight manifests (legally binding documents) that the individual that allegedly created a first-hand account of events on-board AirTran Airways flight 297, a Theodore Petruna, was never actually on-board the flight.


Secondly, the Journal-Constitution interviewed a woman named Nancy Deveikis who was seated behind the alleged non-compliant passenger. Her story contradicts that of Mr. Petruna on several aspects, specifically that the passengers were not wearing Muslims attire as Mr. Petruna claimed, or that they hurled insults as air crew, or that any TSA or law enforcement agents boarded the plane. She also asserted that the passenger was using a camera, not a cell phone, and no other passengers had requested to leave the plane, which are all events that Mr. Petruna has claimed had happened.

AirTran asserted that the incident has occurred from a simple misunderstanding when a Muslim passenger was asked to turn off a camera, which led to the passenger and an interpreter being asked to de-plane. A statement reads –


On November 17, 2009, AirTran flight 297 was scheduled to travel from Atlanta to Houston-Hobby. During taxi a passenger was non-compliant with Crew Members, using a cell phone and taking pictures. The flight taxied back to the gate and the passenger, who did not speak English, and his companion acting as his interpreter were asked to de-plane. They were met by customer service personnel and TSA.


Since the rebuttal of his account, Theodore Petruna, in an interview, maintained that he was on the flight but admitted many aspects of his story had been embellished, and that the story was never meant to go beyond his circle of friends. As for the assertion that this was a terrorist “dry run” this seems to be just baseless speculation with the author himself apparently incapable of coming up with any convincing substantiation to back up those claims.

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