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Mfr Nara- t1a- Ual- Mcaleer Gregory J- 8-12-03- 00703

Mfr Nara- t1a- Ual- Mcaleer Gregory J- 8-12-03- 00703

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Event:InterviewofGregory
J.
McAleerDate:August12,2003Prepared
by:
QuinnJohnTamm,Jr.TeamNumber:lA
Location:
ReganNationalAirport,Arlington,VA
PersonalPrivacy
Participants-Commission:
DietrichSnell..QuinnJohnTamm,Jr.GregoryJ.McAleeris..a-flightattendantemployedbyUnitedAirlines(UA),Elk.Grove,Illinois.Heis
presently
onavoluntaryfurloughthatbeganon02/0112003.Mr.McAleer'shome)elephonenumberislrandhiscelltelephonenumberis··Mr.McAleerprovidedinformationconcerningUAFlight514,towhichhewasassignedasaflightattendanton08/30/2001.Mr.McAleerissureofthedate,becauseitwashisfirstdaybacktoworkafterthebirthofhisson.ThisflightwasfromChicagoO'HareAirporttoBostonLoganAirport.
Mr.
McAleerwasassignedtothenumbertwoflightattendantposition,whichrequiredhimtogreetpassengersastheyenteredtheaircraft.TheaircraftwasaBoeing737-300(737)thathadaseatingcapacityof126passengersincoachandeightpassengersinfirstclass.
Mr.
McAleerrelatedthatearlyintheboardingprocessaMiddleEasternmale(unknownmale)walkeddownthejet-way,orpassagewaytotheaircraftanddisplayedtoMr.McAleera"jumpseat"pass.Ajumpseatpassisprintedonregularticketstock.Thisdocument,whichisissuedbyagateagentforUA,impliesthatthepassengerisalicensedpilotofaUnitedStatesdomesticairline,andallowstheholdertositinthejumpseatinthecockpitoftheaircraft.TheU
A
gateagentshouldhavebeenshownvalididentificationfromadomesticairline,alongwithaFederalAviationAdministration(FAA)pilot'slicense,bytheunknownmale.Theunknownmalewasnotdressedinapilot'suniform,butdressedincasualclothes.Mr.McAleerrecallsthatthe.unknownmalewasdressedinaplumcoloredshirtandamatchingtie.TheunknownmalewascarryingalargeSamsonitebrandsuitcase,whichheleftoutonthejet-wayasheenteredtheaircraft.TheunknownmalewalkedbyMr.McAleerandenteredthecockpitofthe737,andwasobservedbyMr.McAleertalkingtothecaptain(pilot)andthefirstofficer(co-pilot).Afterafewmoments,theunknownmalesteppedoutofthecockpitandwalkedbackoutthedoorofthe737andstoodonthejet-wayontherightsideofthepassengerdoor.TheunknownmalesaidnothingtoMr.McAleer,butpickeduphissuitcaseandre-enteredthe737andtookaseatinrow14ontheaisleofthecoachcabinofthe737.Mr.McAleerthenspoketothenumberoneflightattendant.
 
2Thislady,whosenameMr.McAleerisunabletorecall,wasstandinginthegalleyofthefirstclasscabin.Mr.McAleersaidtoher,"isthisguyaterroristorsomething?"Mr.McAleerthenwenttothecockpitandaskedthecaptainwhatwasthestatus
of
theunknownmale.ThecaptaintoldMr.McAleerthat,"he'snot'jumpseating,'hedoesn'thavetheproper'ID.'Hetoldmethathehasacompanionpass.Hewillbeflying
as
aregularcustomer
in
coach."Mr.McAleerthenreturnedtothefirstclasscabinandtoldthenumberoneflightattendantwhathadbeenrelatedtohimbythecaptain.Mr.McAleerexplainedthatacompanionpassisabenefitforemployeesthatallowthemtopurchaseaticketfor10%ofthefacevalueforafriend,ora"companion."Theemployeedoesnothavetoaccompanythepassengerontheflight.Mr.McAleer'sassignedpositionduringtheflightwasthecoachclassgalleyintherearofthe737.Afteraperiodoftimetheunknownmalewalkedtotherearofthe737towaittousethelavatory.Whilewaiting,hespokewithMr.McAleer.
Mr.
McAleeraskedtheunknownmalebywhichairlinehewasemployed.TheunknownmalerepliedthathewasemployedbyCOMAIR,aregionalairlinethatoperatestheDeltaAirlineexpressflights.Theunknownmalestated
in
clear,butaccentedEnglish,thathe,"hadjustquittoday'tostart'abusinesscharterairlineinBoston."Mr.
McAleer
remarkedthattheunknownmaleshouldhaveknownthathewasnoteligibletoflyinthejumpseatonadomesticairline,asapilot,ifhewasnotemployedbyanairline.Mr.McAleerthenaskedtheunknownmalehowlonghehadbeenemployedbyCOMAIR.TheunknownmalerepliedthathehadbeenwithCOMAIRfortwoandonehalfyears.Mr.McAleerstatedtotheunknownmalethatafriendofhis,MarkPajak,wasapilotforCOMAIR,andaskediftheunknownmaleknewPajak.TheunknownmalestatedthathedidnotknowPajak,statingthatheflewapropaircraftknowna"BeechBarron."Mr.McAleerfoundhardtobelievethatthisindividualdidnotknowPajak,becauseofthesizeofCOMAIR.Mr.McAleerthenaskedtheunknownmalewhattypeofaircrafthewouldbeflyingforthechartercompany.TheunknownmalestatedthathewouldbeflyingaGulfstreamjetandaFalconjet.Mr.McAleernotedthattheunknownmaledidnotseemtoknowenoughaboutflightoperationstohavebeenaregularlyemployedpilot.Mr.McAleerhasaprivatepilot'slicense.TheunknownmalethenaskedMr.McAleerabouttheoperationofthe737'sintercomsystem.Theunknownmalethenreturnedtohisseatwithoutusingthelavatory.Whenthe737landedinBoston,MA,Mr.McAleer
attemptedtotalktothecaptainand
first
officerabouttheunknownmale,buttheyhad
alreadylefttheaircraft.Mr.McAleerdoesnotknowtheirnames,andneverflewwitheitherpilotagain.Mr.McAleerwasinLondon,UnitedKingdomononaflight.HereturnedtotheUnitedStateson09113/2001.WhenhearrivedinChicago,ILheheard'fromotherflightattendantsaboutaMiddleEasternmalewhoattemptedtoenteracockpitonanotherflightdressedinapilot'suniform,withFAAidentification.Mr.McAleerthenrealizedthattheunknownmaleonFlight514neverwentbacktothegateagenttoobtainacompanionpass,butwasmostprobablyastowawayandnotapilot.
 
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Becauseofthisrealization,~~:leer
calledthe
FlightAttendantservicecenterofUAatElkGrove,Il,0I).--o9/l:Ji200lorearlyHeaskedtospeaktoamanagerandarelatedtoam~~ge~~:;whathadoccurredon\.Fl~ght514onShe(themanager)wasupsetabout~b:athadoccurredand
toldMr,
McAleerthatsomeonewouldcallhimthenext-dayt~_Jiilktohimaboutthe
incident,
\~r.McAleerwascalledonblll,llFBIa!#'itfromtheChica~oFieldOffit,e.\TheFBIagent'snamewrut_.Mr.M9t\leerrelatedtoSpecialAgent(SADwhathadhappenedonFl~ght514.rA~
~+vas
unfamiliarwiththe'Jumpseat"procedureandit
had
tobeexplainedtoSA...."yMr.McAleer......
...
S~~~~dMr.McAleertogetthemanifestforFlight514>·andwasadvisedbyMr.Mc~iliathewasnotinapositiontoobtainthemanifest.
Mi·:...
McAleeralsotoldSAC:Jthatthenameoftheunknownmalewouldnotbeonthemanifest,becausepilots[nginthe"jumpseat"arenotaddedtothemanifest.Mr.
Mcaleer..
tatedthatS.:as"toofocused"ontheflightmanifest.Mr.McAleerdidcallSAlseveraayslaterandprovidedhimwiththeflightnumber.Mr.McAleerthenreferredtoUAFlight93thatcrashedinPennsylvaniaon09/11/2001.Hestatedthatthecockpitvoicerecorderhadbeenrecoveredandthathe"heard"thatthehijackersgainedentrancetothecockpitbyclaimingtobepilots.SeveraldayslaterMr.McAleerreturnedtoO'HareAirportforanotherassignment.Heaskedtospeakwithaflightattendantsupervisorashewasattendingabriefingonnewsecurityprocedures.Mr.McAleeragainrelatedtheincidentonFlight514tothesupervisorandaskedthattheinformationbeprovidedtoUAmanagement.Thesupervisor,withwhomhespoke,wasawhitefemale,inhermid-30s,withdarkhair.Sheleftthebriefingandwenttodiscusstheincidentamanager.ShereturnedtothebriefmgandsignaledforMr.McAleertostepoutinthehallwaytospeakwithher.ShestatedtoMr.McAleer,"DonottalktotheFBIagain.IwenttoMitchGrossandhetoldmetotellyounottotalktotheFBIagain.IfyouhaveanyconcernsyoucancalltheCrisisCenter.TheFBIagentsareworkingonthecase."Mr.McAleerthenaskedtouseatelephoneinthesupervisor'sofficeandplacedacalltotheCrisisCenter.Thecallwastakenby"somegirl"whoadvisedthatshewouldpasstheinformationtotheFBI.Mr.McAleerthenwenttoseetheUAassistantstationmanager,MitchGross.Mr.McAleerintroduceshimselftoMr.Grossbystating,"Listen,I'mGregMcAleerandIthinkthatImighthavehadoneofthehijackersonmyplane."Mr.McAleerthenrelatedthestorytoMr.Gross.Mr.GrossthenwalkedwithMr.McAleerbacktothegatefromwhichMcAleer'sflightwasdeparting.Whilewalkingthroughtheterminal,
Mr.
McAleerheardsomeonecallhisname.wasthenumberoneflightattendantfromFlight514.Mr.GrosskeptMcAleermovingtowardsthescheduledflightstating,"Youarenottotalktoanyoneaboutthis."OnMr.McAleerwasreadingthefront-pagearticleofaChicago,1Lnewspaper,theThearticlehadthephotographsofthe19hijackers.Mr.McAleerrealizedthatFayezBanihammadwastheindividualwhohadboardedFlight514onwithajumpseatpass.

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