Hysterical air marshals; collective punishment
Update: The air marshals who shot Alpizar may be in trouble over their lethal intervention. Via Yahoo News:
The two federal air marshals involved in the deadly shooting of a threatening air passenger in Miami have been put on administrative leave pending investigation of the incident, officials said on Thursday.Witnesses have come forward to say Alpizar never said anything about a bomb.
Rough and tough US air marshals shot dead a man who was off his meds, literally.
The man, identified as Rigoberto Alpizar, a 44-year-old U.S. citizen, was gunned down on a jetway just before the American Airlines plane was about to leave for Orlando, near his home in Maitland. The man's wife says her husband was bipolar - a mental illness also known as manic-depression - and had not had his medication. Four to five shots were fired. After the shooting, police boarded the plane and told the passengers to put their hands on their heads. Investigators then spread passengers' bags on the tarmac and let dogs sniff them for explosives, and bomb squad members blew up at least two bags.