True story. A right-winger who obviously reads too many of those really hard-core Islamophobic blogs emailed around a detailed account of how he had heroically thwarted a terrorist attack on a flight from Atlanta to Houston.
According to the story, which proliferated on conservative blogs and rose as high up the wingnut food chain as Glenn Beck’s website, Ted Petruna was on the AirTrans flight waiting to taxi when he saw a bunch of “Muslims” acting suspiciously.
Petruna was never on the airplane in question. He had had a reservation, but missed a connection and couldn’t make the flight. There was in fact a group of brown people on the flight Petruna missed. But they were speaking Spanish. (Get the full story or read the airline’s explanation.)