Thursday, December 08, 2005


That's what liberals everywhere are going to be screaming when they get wind of this story. Rigoberto Alpizar reportedly got on the plane, and shortly afterwards said threatening words, then claimed he had a bomb, and ran flailing and screaming down the aisle, and off the plane. After he got into the jetway where he then started to reach into his bag for something. At that point an Air Marshall thought the situation had progressed to an immediate danger and shot the man. Police searched bags on the plane and found nothing. The man's wife later claimed that he had Manic Depression and had not taken his meds.

Some quotes from passengers were as follows;
Lucy Argote, 15, of Codazi, Colombia: ""Officers told him to stop and he said no. He was running like a crazy man."

Olga Echeverria, of Guatemala: "The man sitting next to me got on the floor. I threw myself on the floor to pray for God's mercy on us."

Air marshals on the flight identified themselves and confronted him, but he did not follow their instructions and tried to evade them, officials said. "His actions caused them to fire shots and in fact he is deceased," Bauer told reporters. Yahoo! News Story

I will say that it was kind of shady to put this at the end of the story. I know the NY Times will quote this.
"Officials said Alpizar, who apparently was traveling with his wife, was shot as he walked off the plane."

Even though the reports tell that he was running through and out the plane.

"MIAMI - Shortly after boarding an Orlando-bound plane, passengers say, they saw a man bolt from his seat and run down the aisle, with his screaming wife and man in a Hawaiian shirt behind. ..
Before he ran off the plane he "uttered threatening words that included a sentence to the effect that he had a bomb," said James E. Bauer, agent in charge of the Federal Air Marshal Service field office in Miami."