Concerned about Captain Osbon’s behavior, Dowd suggested they invite an off-duty JetBlue captain who was flying as a passenger to come into the cockpit, but instead, Osbon left the cockpit and later sprinted down the cabin yelling jumbled remarks about Sept. 11 and Iran, documents and witnesses say.
The off-duty captain then joined Dowd, and from inside the locked cockpit, which Osbon tried to re-enter by banging on the door, the co-pilot gave an order through the intercom to restrain Osbon, according to the documents, which don’t mention Dowd by name. Passengers wrestled Osbon to the ground, and Dowd diverted the flight from New York to Amarillo, Texas. No one onboard was seriously injured.
(Airport PA voice) “Jason Dowd, America awaits with adulation. Please step forward.”
Amazingly, in our “look at me!” age, this guy refuses to do so.
What Would Jason Do? Keep a low profile.
Not me. I’d convene an emergency episode of the reality show Ink Masters and have Tommy Helm tattoo “Ask me about JetBlue 191” on my forehead. (And I’m terrified of needles.)
We can all learn something from this reluctant hero.
If Jason Dowd scored a goal in soccer, he would not sprint away from his teammates, forcing them to run eighty-yards to congratulate him.
If Jason Dowd hit a three-pointer in March Madness, he would not make “eyeglass” symbols around his eyes, or thump his chest, or put his hand to his ear in a douchey indication that he had just silenced the home team’s crowd.
So far, Mr. Dowd has avoided the morning shows and the late night shows. “Us Weekly” hasn’t linked him to Kim Kardashian yet. (Note: in addition to my reality TV tattoo, I’d try to work my newfound fame for a meeting with KK, too.)
Whether he eventually emerges for interviews, etc., won’t change anything. This is a modern man displaying old time humility. I did my job. That’s all.
Thanks for that reminder, Jason.
How would you handle the crush of media interest if you were him?
Photo by: Joe Shlabotnik