In the summer of 2001, actor James Woods was on a cross country flight and witnessed strange behavior by four other men in first class. He was so unnerved that he reported the behavior to the crew. He recounted the entire incident during an appearance on the O’Reilly Factor years later.
Here’s a partial transcript via Prison Planet:
WOODS: Well, first I have to back up and tell you about the flight that I took. The flight I took was actually on August 1st. And I have not talked about this in the press until this day because there was a lot of misinformation that came out about it.
I was on a flight, without going into the details of what made me suspicious of these four men, although it would have been blatantly obvious to the most casual observer, I took it upon myself to go to the flight attendant and ask to speak to the pilot of the plane. The first officer came out. I reported to him that I felt that the four men, and I said, “Can you look over my shoulder and see who I’m talking about?” And he said, “Yeah.” I said I think they’re going to hijack this plane. I mean, everything they’re doing, and I explained to him these details, which I’ve been asked to keep private, until whatever jurisdiction, you know — whatever trials may take place, their behavior was such that I felt that they were going to hijack the plane.
I also said I’m very much aware of how serious it is to say on an American aircraft in flight the word hijack.
WOODS: So I’m saying this because I really have reason to believe it’s true. I found out later that not only was — did he make a report, but the flight attendant also made a report of my suspicions to the FAA.
When I got home that night, it had been a very turbulent flight, I had said to this woman I’m dating, and my girlfriend and my best friend, she said, “How was the flight?” And I said, “Well aside from the terrorists and the turbulence, it was fine,” which was now in retrospect not such a very funny joke, but it was August 1 and nobody was thinking along those lines.
Watch the whole interview below:
That is simply stunning.