Heroism in the Skies

An out of control passenger, foaming at the mouth, tried to open the exit door of an airplane at 30,000 feet.

This could have been a disaster, but fortunately, there was a hero on board.

Give it up for practicing Muslim Jabir Hazziez Jr.

(h/t Steve Benen)

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College Lonon. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over ten thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.

7 thoughts on “Heroism in the Skies”

  1. It is sad that his religion is worth mentioning. I fantasize doing a heroic act and attributing it to my atheism.

  2. It’s physically impossible to open an airliner door at altitude because the doors are designed to be held closed by the pressure differential between the inside of the aircraft and the atmosphere. At 30,000 feet, the door would be held closed by several tons worth of force. No human would have the strength to move it.

    1. That’s reassuring, assuming it’s correct, but I think we can assume Mr. Hazziez didn’t know it, and was sincerely concerned.

      I say “assuming it’s correct” because the cabin is maintained at a higher pressure than is outside the plane and the door opens outward, so I’m a bit confused about how the pressure differential would help keep the door shut.

  3. It’s true that no one could open the door at 30,000 feet, but it’s also true that most people don’t know that (sadly), and the sight of someone attempting to open the door could cause widespread panic, which would be harmful, so I don’t think it’s bad to use reasonable, non-lethal force to move the guy away from the door. Whether the person who did so was motivated by Islam, Christianity, atheism, Pastafarianism, or the desire for 15 minutes of fame is wholly irrelevant. When I read this, I had a brief hope that it would cause cognitive dissonance in some of the anti-Islamic so-called “Christians” who predominate in American society, but then I remembered that they already lose no sleep over amassing huge quantities of material wealth while claiming to worship a man who advised the rich to give all their money to the poor.

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