Miss Annie Still Obsessed with Handsome Young Syrian Who Didn't Smile Back
A little background... One day Miss Annie and her family got on the same plane with Nour Mehana and his band.
..."I noticed some of the passengers paying attention to the the situation as well," she recalled later. "As boarding continued, we watched as, one by one, most of the Middle Eastern men made eye contact. They continued to look at each other and nod, as if they were all in agreement about something. I could tell that my husband was beginning to feel anxious."....
Trying to reassure herself and her husband Kevin, Mrs Jacobsen walked past one of the men, with whom she had exchanged a few friendly words in the terminal. Making eye contact, she smiled. "The man did not smile back. His face did not move," she said. "In fact, the cold defiant look he gave me sent shivers down my spine."
That was enough for her husband. Marching into first class, he approached a flight attendant and told her: "I might be overreacting, but I've been watching some really suspicious things."...
She blogged about it, Salon picked it up, She got on CNN 10 o'clock news.
I blogged about it. She got on Snopes.
And today, guess what? Miss Annie just can't seem to move on. She has been hypnotized by her brief encounter with the young dark-eyed musician..
This is Part V of the ongoing series entitled “Terror in the Skies,
A few days ago, WomensWallStreet.com received an important email. It
was from Billie Jo Rodriguez, another passenger who was on Northwest Airlines
flight 327 from Detroit to Los Angeles on June 29. Billie Jo is a
Certified Public Accountant living in Oxnard, California. She had some
additional, disturbing information about flight 327 that she felt someone needed
to know. She had been so terrified by what happened on the flight that she sent
two emails to the Department of Homeland Security telling them about the
experience, but she hadn't heard back from them. Then, through a series of
events, she heard about my article, "Terror in the Skies, Again?" She and I have
had numerous conversations and she is willing to share her story on the record.
The following interview is based on conversations Billie Jo and I have had, as
well as a discussion she had with my editor.
ANNIE: Where were you sitting on flight 327?
BILLIE JO: I was in seat
21-C. Three of the Middle Eastern men were sitting right near me --- the man in
the jogging suit [with Arabic writing] was in the aisle seat right behind me
(22C), another man from the group sat right next to me (21-B) and another man
from the group sat one row in front of me (20-E).
ANNIE: Tell me what the men were doing that was out of the
BILLIE JO: It was when we were up in the air and they started
walking up and down the aisles. And the eye contact. The thing that really got
me was the eye contact. It was so subtle. If you know somebody, you look at
them. You nod your head. That's not what these guys were doing. They were doing
these little looks and head signals -- acknowledging each other and yet
pretending not to know each other.
Then the guy next to me was pretending to be sleeping. But when people
sleep, you know, they breathe deeply. This guy was pretending to sleep. They
were all doing this little eye thing, and this little head thing. A couple of
the other guys were going up and down the aisles looking at each other, making
those head signals. They were signaling to each other, that was really freaky.
ANNIE: Tell me what else you saw.
BILLIE JO: I noticed the McDonald's
bag right away. It was so big and I thought, how many burgers does he have in
there? It was weird. And I noticed the man with the limp -- it was more than a
limp. It was a dragging of the foot.
I also have to tell you one detail that you didn't catch. I emailed this
detail to the Department of Homeland Security but I haven't heard back. As I
mentioned, the tall man in the jogging suit sat right behind me. He got up and
passed by me to go to the bathroom up in first class. (Note to readers: This is
the same man that, according to a first class passenger, pushed another
passenger out of the way to get into the lavatory first. This is also the man
mentioned in a TIME magazine article who spent 10 minutes in the bathroom, which
alarmed a Federal Air Marshal who then searched the lavatory).
The man was gone for a very long time. And when he came back, he reeked of
chemicals -- the chemicals from the toilet bowl. He absolutely reeked of
it. And I thought, what was he doing in the toilet? He didn't smell like
chemicals when he got up to go to the bathroom -- it was when he came back. It
was so spooky. What was he doing in there? That he would smell so strong of
chemicals from the toilet?
Please Nour. Send the poor lady a CD, a t-shirt, a photo of you smiling...