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Canadian hostages, Jamaican crisis and a hijacker i’m surely going to add on Twitter.

Posted on: April 21, 2009

Canadian hostage drama in Jamaica...the funniest hijacking...probably ever (image courtsey swissinfo.ch)

Canadian hostage drama in Jamaica...the funniest hijacking...probably ever (image courtsey swissinfo.ch)

This must be one of the funniest hijacking incidents in the world. I know hijacking is never a laughing matter. Not unless, you’ve got Harrison Ford fighting the Russians bare-fist but this recent hijacking of a Canadian charter jet in Montego Bay, Jamaica is a very funny episode. Here’s why.

Reason why Stephen Fray (the hijacker and with no relation to the band, The Fray even though he might already be singing “How to save a life” soon) is going to have a tough time explaining his crime in prison:

1) Reuters reported “A would-be hijacker surrendered to authorities on Monday after agreeing to free the last of more than 180 hostages”.

What exactly does the phrase “would-be hijacker” mean? Are the officials not going to count this hijacking? Is it a one-off for Stephen? He’s not getting married to hijacking, is he? Do people expect him to be a successful hijacker with more exposure? Do they expect him to hijack a plane again? Would he never get a window seat again for the rest of his life? My questions wait for their “would-be” answers…

2) Reuters reported “The suspect, armed with a .38-calibre revolver, surrendered peacefully to heavily armed police and soldiers who stormed the CanJet plane he had commandeered”

If Stephen Fry knew what he was doing, he would’ve got a bigger gun. Maybe even outsourced some of his work to Al-Qaeda or Taliban but hey, it’s trendy to be against outsourcing. This is what you get for being trendy. Let me reiterate the fact with some pictures.

Stephen Fry .38 calibre-revolver

This is what Stephen Fry carried...a .38 calibre-revolver...

and this is what 'Heavily armed police' looks like.

...and this is what 'Heavily armed police' looks like.

With much pondering over both the pictures, I’m starting to get a feeling maybe Stephen was a bit short-handed. What do you say?

3) Jamaican Information Minister Daryl Vaz told CNN that “This is the case of a troubled young man. He definitely has had some mental challenges.”

He said that “Originally, his demands were to be flown to Cuba because the flight actually was going to Cuba and then back to Halifax. That really was his demand. Then, Fray had an apparent change of heart about flying to communist Cuba and changed his request to Europe.”

How do you explain that to your fellow mates in prison? “I couldn’t choose where I wanted to escape to; I had rest of the plan etched on my mind“!!!

Maybe they didn’t have a window seat on the flight to Cuba? It wasn’t like Cuba became communist when he was trying to hijack the plane. Make your mind up, Stephen.

4) Reuters reported that the Jamaican government had said that it would compensate passengers for cash or other valuables they forked over to the “would-be hijacker”, some in an apparent bid to win their safe release.

I’m sure if we get some footage of an on-board camera on the plane, we would see that it was actually Stephen who was ‘forking valuables‘ over to the passengers in exchange of some information on the best holiday spots in Europe…or was it Cuba…? Stephen might have even offered his .38 calibre revolver’ to someone who could tell him if Cuba was still communist or not?

We’ll be keeping track of Stephen Fray’s story for the weeks to come. I’m sure the lad is not going to disappoint. Wishing the ‘would-be hijacker‘ all the very best for the future. I’ll see you on the next flight to Cuba…No wait…Doh!!

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1 Response to "Canadian hostages, Jamaican crisis and a hijacker i’m surely going to add on Twitter."

Hey Miami, looks like my blog did flutter a few feathers.
If you mean what you say and take these things with utmost seriousness, then my blog is not the place for you. Sorry.
Else, if you are one of those ‘self-proclaimed’ idealists who burns a candle at a Memorial for 9/11 victims only to get back home and laugh your a** off at hundreds of funny Osama videos, then you got another thing coming.
Are we clear?

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