I've been following this story via a radio program that I've been listing to for some time. This particular program has a knack for finding answers and probing for the truth. They followed up on this story and found (via a few sources) that the Syrian men on the plane were, in fact, musicians flying to San Diego to play at a local casino. All of the musicians were carrying EXPIRED visas, but were allowed to leave the plane and continue to their gig.
I don't think Annie was overreacting. She's doing what we've all been told--keep your eyes peeled for suspicious behavior. I think this qualifies. Numerous airline pilots and crew members have followed with their own stories of groups of Middle Eastern men acting strangly on planes, including carrying strange items into restrooms and taking an airplane toilet apart.
I don't fault Annie for her "suspicions", though I may, at this point, be ready to fault her for her "uncalmness".
It seems that these really were musicians -- albiet, with expired visas -- and that they were probably reacting to her motions and gestures at least as much as she was reacting to theirs.
The air marshall's, apparently, were even wondering if she was actually a plant trying delibertly to instigate a response from them.
My guess is that Annie Jacobson is a nervous gal who thought - sincerely - that she saw something suspicious and, through her body language, effected everyone else onboard. A classic case of effecting a cause...
She, of course, will never question her own perceptions, but we're free to question them.
Annie may be guilty of nothing more than wild-eyed stubborness. But, still, I'd still like to see her write a second column... just to see if hindsight has leant her a different perspective on all o' this...
Excellent points. I, too, would like to see an updated column from Annie. However, I continue to be frustrated with the idea that she is some "hysterical woman" (not saying that you see her that way, but that she has been presented this way in much of the media) who acted without cause. I'm glad that she trusted her instincts and reported her suspicions to the authorities. And--you are absolutely right in pointing out that she could have kept a bit calmer about the situation (although she was NOT hysterical!) :)
This has taken quite a tone, nationally. Like you, I'd like to see a definitive answer one way or another. Inquiring minds want to know!
I meant "turn" not "tone".