Canadian FA received award for bravery during plane hijacking

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  1. MSYgirl

    MSYgirl Gold Member

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    This is the first I heard of this and thought it was worth sharing.

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    Nicole Louise Foran, a flight attendant from Eastern Passage, N.S., received one of Canada’s top awards Thursday for bravery, after she and her co-worker helped save passengers during a dramatic plane hijacking in Jamaica in 2009.

    In April of that year, a gunman reportedly forced his way through security at the Montego Bay airport and boarded the plane carrying 159 passengers.

    He then forced the pilot down a ramp and fired a shot.

    "It just didn't seem like it was really happening," said Foran, a flight attendant on the CanJet Flight. "It was like a bad joke.

    "It was a reign of terror that came across everybody on the plane at that moment."
     
  2. Reddishbead

    Reddishbead Silver Member

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    Never heard about this until now either. Why is it that bad news travel all around the world so fast, and the good stuff stays hidden? Thanks for sharing!
     
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  3. Newscience

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    An incredible story! Thanks for posting, MSYgirl!
     
  4. gaijin62

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    great story, though like the others, I hadn't heard about it before.
     
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  5. mre5765

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    Unfortunately nothing happened with that hijacking that was supposed to happen with post 9/11 hijackings. The hijacker gained access to the cockpit. The airline cooperated with the hijacker. The pax did not overwhelm the hijacker.

    Pity the security protocol allows the "secured" cockpit door to stay open until the cabin doors are closed. Pilots should be first to board and no one allowed on the jetway or plane until pilots have confirmed they have possession of the cockpit and the cockpit door is secure.
     
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  6. Flyer1976
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    There's a reason the flight deck door remains open during boarding i.e paperwork from the Gate Agent, Ramp, Maintenance, and so on...
     
  7. mre5765

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    Paperwork? This is the 21st century. Wireless and electronic technologies could deal with this. There's no reason for the cockpit door to be open once the door to gate has opened.
     

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