Now having read the preceding chapters on personal security
you are ready to deal with most all possible terrorist threats.
In the Awareness Chapter you learned how to use mental conditioning
and the color code to be ultra-aware of your surroundings and how to trust your gut-instinct.
The Tiger Chapter dealt with the emotional state-of-mind needed
for brutal self-defense. (definitely the most difficult, and most important to learn.)
Then in the Stop Button Chapter you were taught the secrets
to ending a fight in one second. As well as some great self-defense techniques.
In the Home Defense Chapter your house was transformed from
a dwelling into a sanctuary. You learned to defend your home as an extension of yourself.
The Group Attack Chapter helped prepare you for a multiple terrorist
You are most likely to have to deal with terrorism as you travel.
Whether your travel is walking around your own familiar neighborhood or traveling in a foreign country you are exposed and
more likely to be the proposed victim of terrorism. In the Travel Safe Chapter you were taught all you need to know on moving
about in a safe, secure way.
Terrorist rely on their targets being easily terrorized. The
average un-trained individual will nine times out of ten cower with fear when unexpected violence comes their way, playing
exactly into the plans of the terrorist.
Because of the training you've received by reading Waking The
Tiger Within you won't be shocked or surprised when terrorist violence comes your way. Quite the opposite. You expect it and
will most likely act against the terrorist before he can move against you.
Some people have asked me: "How can you protect yourself from
a totally random terrorist attack like a Suicide-Bomber, where the terrorist walks into a crowded area and ignites an explosive
device hidden under his clothing?"
The answer is, you can't avoid all terrorist attacks always.
It may happen so unexpectedly that you just can't escape from it. In that case the terrorist gets you, but he only wins if
you allow yourself to be so fearful of a potential attack that you let that fear alter your normal life-style. You've got
to take reasonable precautions. Beyond that, you are falling into their trap by allowing their acts of brutality to terrorize
In the case of the Suicide-Bomber, there are some possible ways
to defend against even something that unexpected.
Number one: Trust your gut-instinct. If all of a sudden you
get the feeling you're in grave danger, don't wonder why. Get yourself immediately out of the area while you prepare yourself
to take defensive action.
The gut-feeling reaction was caused by a real danger. Your sub-conscious
mind picked up on a signal that your (much slower) conscious mind had not yet registered.
While at the restaurant you spotted out of the corner of your
eye a very desperate nervous looking man walking your way. It was just a glimpse, but it was enough of a danger signal to
trip your adrenal system controlled by your sub-conscious into high-gear. That caused your digestive system to shut down resulting
in a queasy feeling in your gut (gut-feeling).
You don't know why you feel it, but you know something is wrong.
By trusting it you will be able to get away from the desperate, nervous man heading your way. He's desperate for a reason.
He's going to blow himself up for his "Cause", hoping to kill as many Americans as possible. You won't be one of those Americans
because you are long gone when he self-ignites.
Number two: It's important to be vigilant. Any time you're in
a large group setting you are more of a target for terrorism. While at an arena, movie theater, restaurant or any other area
where you're grouped with many other people you must be extra aware and focused. Know where the exits are. Try to stay at
the periphery avoiding the middle of the crowd. Watch for people behaving oddly. Keep extra attention focused on those who
don't seem to fit.
We are all very fixated lately on protection from terrorists
while flying. After the high-jackings of September 11, 2001 it makes sense to at least be weary of such attacks happening
in the future.
Flying The Not-So-Friendly Skies
It is definitely more frightening to fly since the attacks of
September 11th 2001. The government has made an attempt to increase security for America's flying public. Few people feel
any safer flying even now after the recent safety procedures that are being used at all American airports.
I feel we are actually safer flying now than at any other time
in our country's history.
Passengers today are all very aware of any suspicious behavior
from any fellow passenger and any form of aggression is instantly squelched.
Before September 11th, most people onboard an aircraft gave
very little attention to the people around them and assumed that the worst thing that could happen during a flight would be
a high-jacking of the plane. Thinking the sky-jackers would divert the flight to Cuba or some other third world country, and
as long as everyone cooperated, no one would get hurt.
As we all have recently learned, the rules have changed.
No longer will "going along with the program" guarantee survival.
In fact just the opposite. Now passengers are prepared to take matters into their own hands, taking responsibility for their
If someone onboard does anything even slightly threatening,
they are instantly pounced upon and subdued by fellow passengers. This is the main safety characteristic that has changed
since September 11th.
Think of all those poor souls aboard the planes flown into the
World Trade Center and the Pentagon that lost their lives due to everyone onboard those ill-fated flights just "going along
with the program."
Lucky for all of us, that will never be allowed to happen again.
The passengers aboard the flight that crashed in Pennsylvania
had it right.
They knew that the high-hijackers were going to use their flight
to kill innocent people as in the reports they had heard from family via cell-phone
calls. They knew that if they did what they were told they were
going to die anyway. So, they decided to at least do something to fight back. Because of their brave sacrifice, they most
likely saved hundreds of people at the White
House from being killed. Today most everyone on any flight has
that same attitude of fight for your life and never submit.
Passengers now are ready and willing to fight back against the
terrorists that threaten us. There is no safety procedure or device that measures up even slightly to this major safety improvement.
There is today in effect a plane full of Sky-marshals ready to take action.
What Can I Do To Be Safer?
Number one: Be an aware passenger. As soon as you get onboard,
take a look around and determine who might be likely to cause trouble.
Watch for things that look out of place. Like the recent incident
with the Shoe-Bomber taking off his shoe and then trying to ignite some part of it, (very suspicious). Luckily a stewardess
was paying attention and instantly threw hot coffee at his face allowing time for surrounding passengers to tackle him before
he could set off a shoe-bomb. (It was later shown using an actual airliner that had the shoe-bomber been able to detonate
his device, it would have blown the plan into two huge pieces, instantly killing all on board.)
Number two: If possible arrange to sit near or at the back of
the aircraft. There are several tactical advantages to being at the very back of the plane. First, the rear of the plane often
survives the perils of a plane crash. You are certainly going to be very near an exit, which could be very important if the
plane is commandeered while still on the ground. The most important reason is to be able to see what the aggressors are doing
at all times. You don't want one of those crazies at your back.
Number three: Look around you to see what improvised weapons
you can find to defend yourself.
It's unlikely that a terrorist will be able to bring onboard
a firearm to commit his awful deeds. Probably you will need to defend yourself against a fanatic who is using a small sharp
So, think of what improvised weapon would give you a distance-advantage,
and shield against an edged-weapon.
A view of typical passenger cabin as seen from back of plane
From this vantage point all activity throughout the plane can
Here are some common items onboard an aircraft that can be used
as defensive weapons:
1. Your belt (a good long-range weapon.) It's easy to quickly
take off your belt and use it as a vertical blocking device held between both hands. After blocking a stabbing attack, you
can wrap the belt around the attackers wrist and pull him off balance.
2. A cup of steaming-hot coffee or tea (thrown at the face stops
most all attacks.) This was used quite effectively against the Shoe-Bomber.
3. The fold-down tray in front of you can be broken off and
used as a shield. With the tray in the extended position, you can drive both forearms down with full force and use it to deflect
4. Your blanket, pillow, jacket or other piece of clothing can
be used as a cushion wrapped on your weak arm to take the blow of the terrorist's sharp implement.
5. Your shoe thrown at the attacker's head as a distraction.
6. A women's purse (a great long range weapon) can be swung
at the attackers head, or used to deflect an attack.
7. Your briefcase or laptop computer as a shield or blunt weapon
swung at the head.
8. The credit-card phone in front of you can be thrown or swung
at the attacker's head.
9. A rolled-up magazine can make a strong stabbing implement
directed at the throat.
10. Your seat cushion, and life preserver can easily be removed
and can make a great deflection device to shield you from a stabbing attack.
Its easy to see that most anything can become an effective improvised
weapon when one has the correct mind-set for survival. The important thing to keep in mind is that you are fighting for your
life. So, anything goes, and your counter-attack must be sudden, fierce and as un-expected as the terrorist's initial attack.
I hope that more people return to flying knowing that now, because
passengers are ready to take responsibility for their own safety, the skies may not be friendlier, but they are at least much