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Press Conference (3:11)

Guerrilla:
We demand that everyone should be seated, including our guests.

Reporter:
The American girl here, can she tell us how the passengers are?

Hostess:
They're very crowded. I think the women and especially the children are very restless.

Reporter:
Enough to eat and drink?

Hostess:
There is much to eat, and much to drink.

Reporter:
How old is the youngest child you have on board?

Hostess:
We have two infants of three months.

Reporter:
How long do you anticipate that the women and children will be held aboard the TWA plane, the American Jewish women and children?

Guerrilla:
All women and children who should have been released were released.

Reporter:
Why are you keeping the Jewish women and children hostage?

Guerrilla:
They are not kept because they are Jewish. They are kept just for interrogation for the reasons I mentioned -- the dual citizenship. As you all know the United States gives the right even to their phantom planes to go and serve in the Israeli Army. This is one of the ways the United States of America -- the imperialist world force -- helps Israel in attacking us.

Reporter:
Excuse me. We want the captain and the stewards to tell us about the sanitary conditions on the TWA plane.

Guerrilla:
Would you like to smell? They don't have water. What do you mean asking such a question?

Reporter:
Can you take this airplane out of here?

Flight Engineer:
Absolutely. Given a chance I'd take it out before you could get into your cars!

Reporter:
Were you surprised when you heard you'd come down in the desert?

Flight Engineer:
No. It's described as a lakebed, 22,000 feet long, and about three thousand feet wide. That's bigger than any runway anywhere in the world!

Reporter:
Did they point guns or grenades at you in the cabin?

Flight Engineer:
...and a couple of grenades. [unintelligible] There's no differentiation. They're not segregated, and they're being treated nice.

Reporter:
Is there ever any question of resisting them?

Flight Engineer:
No never, never.

Reporter:
What threats are made by the hijackers to you?

Flight Engineer:
None. They said that we'd better do what we were told.

Reporter:
Did you try and land at Amman Airport first?

Flight Engineer:
No. We sought directions from them.

Reporter:
How long can you hold out do you think?

Flight Engineer:
As long as the human being can hold out, I guess we can hold out.

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