Actor James Woods
In one of his first movies, actor James Woods appears as Israeli Army Captain Sammy Berg. A great performance as the Israeli commando who tells his parents that he's going "fishing" as he goes out the door to join in on a life-and-death, secret military operation.
Did you hear about Woods and his encounter with the 9/11 hijackers in 2001? It's an amazing story. During July of 2001, Woods was flying first class on American Flight 11 from Boston to LAX. After the airplane took off, he began to notice three other passengers near him that were acting strangely. As he told Larry King on CNN, Woods said that on an airplane flight, passengers normally do one of three things...eat, read/watch the movie or sleep. Somehow, these three characters had found other things to do...like taking turns going up to the front galley and standing behind a busy flight attendant. Or having intense conspiratorial private talks. Or refusing all service from the flight attendants by ignoring them completely when the crewmemmbers attempted to converse. Or repeated trips to the lavatory for a minute or two. After an hour of this behavior, Woods was alarmed enough to talk to a flight attendant about it. The crewmember agreed that she had seen their behavior and it was strange. Woods asked to talk directly to one of the pilots and sure enough, the co-pilot stepped out of the cockpit to talk with him about these guys.
The co-pilot thanked him for the information and told him that it would be forwarded to American Airlines upon landing. While the three men continued their odd little "cabin dance" as the flight progressed, the plane landed in LAX without any serious incident.
Woods forgot about the whole matter until September 11th, when he started to watch the disaster unfold on television. When it was disclosed that one of the flights which attacked the World Trade Center was American Flight 11, he recalled the earlier trip he had on the same flight number. He called the FBI in Los Angeles and told the agent who answered his story aboard the flight in July. The agent got his name and address, saying "Thank you," and hung up.
The next morning, September 12th, Woods is awakened by the phone ringing. It was the FBI calling. "Would you be able to look at some photos we have to compare with your memory of the guys on the July flight?" the voice said. "Sure," said Woods, "...would you like me to come downtown to the Federal Building?" The FBI agent replied, "Ah no...actually we're parked outside your house and were wondering if we could come inside to talk."
On his dining room table, Woods picked out three faces from the collection the agents brought...and ALL THREE WERE 9-11 HIJACKERS!
An amazing occurance.
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