Failed hijacking of United flight out of Dulles Airport
iLL_D (via Reddit)
This just happened, my father was on the plane and took this picture.
He was screaming and sprinting towards the cockpit. Several large passengers tackled him before he even reached the door.
This was after the plane had taken off for Denver, after this incident it was returned to Dulles. He claimed to have bombs on board when first taken down. They are still looking into it but I imagine it was most likely a lie.
It sounds like it may simply be a deranged young man and not a genuinely credible threat. However it just happened 2-3 hours ago so the situation is still developing. Good on those passengers (undercover Air Marshals?) for intervening and stopping this man from reaching the cockpit and potentially endangering the lives of passengers and crew. The lessons of 9/11 are still fresh in the minds of many Americans and it seems unlikely that any future hijackings will proceed without resistance from those on board.
He reportedly screamed “Jihad, jihad” while charging the cockpit door.
From the video you can hear his first intelligible words: “My father *sob* made me…I’m sorry…I’m sorry”
He says what sounds like “my dad” again at 0:58 in the video. I’ll bet he’s so proud.