When a rowdy young man on a Boston-bound Northwest Airlines flight started screaming things like, "Your lives are going to change today forever," on a plane packed with travelers, 65-year old ex-cop Bob Hayden was there to put the smack down.
Bob flagged down a flight attendant to let her know that he was an ex-cop and if she needed assistance in restraining the man, he'd be happy to oblige. The attendant worked out a signal for Bob for if and when she needed help. It wasn't long before landing that the flight attendant signaled Bob.
After most of the young men on the plane had refused to help Bob, the ex-cop recuited another silver-haired hero sitting next to him, an ex-Marine, to go and handle the crazy guy at the front of the plane. Working together, the two men restrained the passenger and stood guard until the plane landed safely in Boston.
The fact that two old men totally pwnd and made all the younger guys on the plane look like wusses (reaffirming TheFeed's theory that all young people are more or less useless) is pretty awesome in its own right, but that's not the best part of the story.
Bob's wife was sitting next to him while all this ruckus was going down, but barely bothered to look up from her book. We'll let her explain:
The woman sitting in front of us was very upset and asked me how I could just sit there reading. Bob's been shot at. He's been stabbed. He's taken knives away. He knows how to handle those situations. I figured he would go up there and step on somebody's neck, and that would be the end of it. I knew how that situation would end. I didn't know how the book would end.
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