I am sure we can all remember the Christmas Bomber who tried to blow up Delta Air Lines flight 253 back on December 25, 2009. Recently, the passenger who bravely overpowered the terrorist and could have saved lives. Jasper Schuringa heard a loud pop and smelled smoke in the cabin before taking action. Schuringa quickly climb over seats to confront the terrorist Farouk Abdulmutallab. When Schuringa reached the terrorist he had the explosive in his hands on fire. Even though it didn’t explode how it was supposed to, it still could detonate at anytime and the flames were catching pillows on fire. Schuringa took the explosive away and tried to put the flames out with his bare hands. When that didn’t work he threw it on the ground and asked for fire extinguishers.
While other passengers worked to put out the flames, Schuringa started to attack the terrorist putting him in a headlock and fighting with him in the aisle. Other passengers and crew members then joined in the attack and were able to get Abdulmutallab into handcuffs.
Schuringa ended up suffering burns on his hand and was credited for his quick actions to subdue the terrorist. Schuringa was awarded by the Conway Safe Skies Award, which has been given out since 1990 to recognize outstanding efforts to protect the global air travelersâ€™ safety. Nominees can include flight crews, passengers, ground crews, law enforcement officers, security personnel, aircraft designers, airport officials, and scientists developing explosives detection devices or other security systems.
Thanks Michael for point this out!Image: NYPost