Tuesday, September 11, 2012

It's 5:43 AM September 11, 2001-Where Are You?

5:43 AM
Mohammed Atta and Abdulaziz Alomari check in at Portland International for their flight to Boston.
Ticket agent Michael Tuohey (left) is disturbed by their appearance.
Noting that their flight is soon due to leave, the ticket agent who checks them in, Michael Tuohey, says, “You’re cutting it close.” [PORTLAND PRESS HERALD, 3/6/2005] Tuohey thinks the pair seems unusual. He notices they both have $2,500 first-class, one-way tickets. He later comments, “You don’t see many of those.” Atta looks “like a walking corpse. He looked so angry.” In contrast, Tuohey says, Alomari can barely speak English and has “a goofy smile, I can’t believe he knew he was going to die that day.”

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