Thanks to Kathy Ketman for this news from a friend in Glasgow:

“things are positive here in glasgow despite the scare at the airport (modern life). people are focusing on the qualities of mr smeaton (a glaswegian … who knocked one of the attackers to the ground) rather than thinking about the scary but fairly small risks. thanks for checking on us.”
Quotes re mr smeaton “A braveheart for a modern Scotland that treats terrorism with a stiff right hook rather than a stiff upper lip.”

“From assorted googled websites: Glasgow has responded with typical humor and toughness to the terrorist assault on the city’s airport, hailing as a hero a baggage handler who helped thwart the attack. A Web site praising John Smeaton, who appeared on television describing how he wrestled a suspect to the ground at the airport’s main entrance, had attracted about 500,000 hits by Tuesday. His defiant, spontaneous act — and his vow that should terrorists come to Glasgow again “we’ll set about ya” — has captured the imagination of millions across the globe.

“As a result there are more than 1000 pints waiting for Smeaton behind the bar of a watering hole near where he works.”

Meet John Smeaton

Baggage Handler as Hero

John Smeaton, Hero for our Time


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