Saturday, December 05, 2009

AirTran e-mail stirs up Internet firestorm

by Leigh Frillici / 11 News Posted on December 3, 2009 at 6:40 PM Updated yesterday at 4:05 PM The FAA is investigating an incident aboard an AirTran flight from Atlanta to Houston that touched off a firestorm of e-mails. AirTran Flight 297 was delayed on November 17 after a passenger refused to turn off his cell phone. An e-mail sent out by Houstonian Tedd Petruna, who was on the flight, said that wasn’t the whole story. According to the e-mail, Petruna and other passengers believed they witnessed a dry run for a terrorist attack. Petruna said he couldn’t talk on camera, but Chaplain Keith Robinson, who was also on the flight, did talk with us. Robinson missed the original flight, but boarded after the plane taxied back to the gate because of the cell phone delay. “Flight attendants were sobbing openly,” Robinson said. Robinson said a passenger getting off the plane warned him not to get on. “He said ‘I just saw them there were these Middle Eastern men. They were taking pictures. They wouldn’t sit down,” Robinson said. “Besides that, he said a couple of them were making gestures with their hand as if they were shooting people.” READ FULL STORY >
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