There is a great article on the homepage about terrorists on planes again. I'd like to share another aspect of this. As trained Martial Artists, we have an obligation to our community, state and country. One of my Sensei called to tell me that he wanted me and all his senior students offer to train pilots, flight attendants and sky marshalls for nothing, and work it into our training schedule. He made it a point to tell us this was not a volunteer job, he was telling us to do this. Not wanting the wrath of my Sensei I got on the phone to offer my assistance. This was right after 911 and before the new requirements about cock pit door or sky marshalls employed. One airline told me point blank they didn't need my help, and would appreciate not telling employees that I would train them. I asked if they were doing any training for them and the answer was none of my business. I went in person to talk to a higher authority and once again told to stay out of it. I had to travel the October after September 11 and after getting on the plane told the attendant that if there were any problems I would be here if they needed me. The attendant said just stay in your seat, they didn't need any help. My point here is with all the talk about ailine security, if you can beat the system on the ground, the sky was open. When I got back I tried again and pleaded with the airline to let me help, but to no avail. I tried 2 other Airlines with the same result. Since that time I have several flight attendants who have come for training. One in particular didn't come out and say it, but hinted that there had been instances on some flights that training would have been a nice thing to have. At one point telling me that many a time she is scared to death by actions of people on some flights. Still today they do not have a physical training for any of their personnel. Once again I think we didn't learn the lesson of 911. As the article points out, there seem to be events in the sky that are not publicized. I am not talking about racial profiling, I am talking about having people in the air who can neutralize or just help in case of emergency. There was a major incident with a drunk passenger who went after the attendants and made all sorts of threats and was trying to open the airline door. Danger comes in all forms, and I think the airlines need to be better prepared and give their employess some peace of mind while doing their job. Flight attendants use to be a glorious job, today, with peoples attitudes, and the threat of terrorism, they should be recieving hazadous duty pay.