The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Mauritanian hijacker foiled


Mauritanian hijacker gets in hot water
By JUAN MANUEL PARDELLAS, Associated Press Writer Fri Feb 16, 2:12 PM ET

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Canary Islands - A fast-thinking pilot with passengers in cahoots fooled a hijacker by braking hard upon landing, then accelerating to knock the man down. When he fell, flight attendants threw boiling water in his face, and about 10 people pounced on him, Spanish officials said Friday.
If there is one thing 9/11 has changed "forever" amidst all the hyperbole, it's that you don't hijack planes anymore! (Incidentally, the guy was reportedly only seeking political asylum -- he wasn't going to blow himself up.)