The Washington Times confirms Annie Jacobsen’s account of the strange goings-on aboard American flight 327 in this article titled “Scouting jetliners for new attacks”:
Flight crews and air marshals say Middle Eastern men are staking out airports, probing security measures and conducting test runs aboard airplanes for a terrorist attack.
At least two midflight incidents have involved numerous men of Middle Eastern descent behaving in what one pilot called “stereotypical” behavior of an organized attempt to attack a plane.
“No doubt these are dry runs for a terrorist attack,” an air marshal said. Pilots and air marshals who asked to remain anonymous told The Washington Times that surveillance by terrorists is rampant, using different probing methods.