A memo written by the US Airways Pilot Association described a possible "dry-run" for a future terrorist attack that occurred on Flight 1880 on Sep. 2, 10 News (WTSP) reported today.
According to the memo, titled "9/11 Security Update", there was a "group of Middle-Eastern males" on the flight from Washington, D.C. to Orlando, Fla. The memo continued:
Shortly after takeoff, one got up and ran from his seat in coach towards the flight deck door. He made a hard left and entered the forward lav (Bathroom), where he stayed for a considerable length of time! While he was in there, the others got up and proceeded to move about the cabin, changing seats, opening overhead bins, and generally making a scene. They appeared to be trying to occupy and distract the flight attendants.
The memo said, "Islamic terrorists have a thing about significant dates, and it just so happens that the 12th anniversary of 9/11 is in a few days. Do you remember that day? You can bet The Enemy does. Remember Benghazi? That’s when the US was attacked again on the 11th anniversary of 9/11. (And no, it was not about an anti-Muslim video.)"
The memo warned pilots, "As always, but especially now, keep the safety of your passengers and crew a top priority. Don’t cut corners. Captains, brief your crew on security procedures."
It told pilots to have their flight attendants watch for suspicious passengers and to use the beverage cart as a barrier when the cockpit is open. "ALWAYS, ALWAYS use the cart as a barrier when the flight deck door is opened in flight because, ladies and gentlemen, if a bad guy gets into the cockpit (it only takes 2 seconds!) and another 9/11 happens -- its GAME, SET and MATCH in favor of the bad guys!"
Air Line Pilots Association, International's Aviation Security Committee Chairman Wolf Koch told 10 News, "What most security experts will tell you that if a dry-run is occurring, the attack will shortly follow."
10 News contacted the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and it said that the matter did not warrant further investigation. A federal air marshal told 10 News that the TSA's response is a lie. "They're liars. They're flat out liars."
"We're waiting for the next 9/11 to happen, because it's not a question of if. It's a question of when," the marshal said.