Skirts Will Rise
- Jan 17, 2002
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From:A fire broke out in the "attic" above the cabin ceiling of an American Airlines flight on Nov. 29, 2000, after the MD-80 jet was struck by lightning. A flight attendant tried to shoot Halon at the ceiling panel, but it had no effect. A passenger cut through a ceiling panel with a pocketknife so the attendant could shoot Halon directly at the fire and put it out.
That solution would no longer be available: Passengers have not been able to carry knives since terrorists used them in the Sept. 11 hijackings.