One of the non-suspicious passengers stood inThe spirit of Todd Beamer and Flight 93 remains alive.
this area, arms crossed, staring down the aisle
for most of the flight. At the time, Passenger 4
said that she thought this was an air marshal,
but later learned that this individual was a
passenger who took it upon himself to stand
Snopes.com points out that there is no proof that the Syrians were engaged in a dry-run for a terror attack. It is true that we have no proof that would stand up in a court of law that they went back to Syria to report on what they learned about US air security procedures. Our inability to monitor private conversations in Syria does not mean that we should not be suspicious, however. Further, some of the claims made in snopes.com's article are contradicted by the OIG report. For example, snopes includes a quote claiming that there was only one concerned passenger and that she overreacted: "the passenger was worried, not the flight crew or the federal air marshals." We now know that there were several concerned passengers and the flight crew apparently did not think that they were overreacting, as in this quote from the OIG report:
The flight attendants first notified the air marshals of suspicious actions at 12:53 PM, 20 minutes after the flight departed DTW. [redacted] eight Middle Eastern males were changing seats. About 14:00 (1 1/2 hours into the flight), a flight attendant notified another air marshal regarding the suspicious behavior. [redacted] and directed them to inform the captain.