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“All strong males”

Last week, on a flight from LA to Atlanta, one of the passengers came unglued and got hold of the plane’s PA system where he began yakking about the oxygen masks.

The guy was also wearing a helmet with elbow and knee pads like those used by roller bladers, and started yelling about how he was “going to take the plane down”.

Turns out that was an off-duty flight attendant and was promptly tackled by other members of the crew. However, that struggle rapidly turned into an intense fight, at which point the pilot got on the PA system and made the following call for help:

“This is the captain speaking. We’d like all strong males to come to the front of the aircraft to handle a problem passenger,”

Which call promptly brought forward a bunch of such men who tackled the guy and got him down and subdued while the plane made an emergency stop in Oklahoma City. It got to Atlanta a few hours later. You can see video of the fight at the link.

The thing that strikes me about this is that even with all our aspirations of gender equality, when the shit hits the fan, this is what happens in a true emergency. A passenger went wild and threatened to bring down the plane, and the standard of who must act now was: “all strong males.”

And just about all the men stepped up to do the job.

However much we minimize discussion of that aspect of reality, it seems that in our hardwired brains we do understand that.

Much thanks to the men.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 15, 2021 at 10:57 am

Posted in Ideologues, USA

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  1. And, I am sure if Rhonda Rousey was there she would a) not have been at all offended, and b) would have mucked in.

    The rest of the usual twittering mob will be baying for the captain’s head though.

    John JohnO

    June 15, 2021 at 11:19 am

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