The Eleventh Hour (2002)

Season 1 Episode 2

I'm Mad As Hell

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Aired Unknown Dec 03, 2002 on CTV
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A highly-charged story about air rage turns into a brouhaha between Kamal and Deaton as each tries to exert his own spin on the issue. Kamal and Deaton have been trapped in a plane for nearly two hours while the pilot waits for ramp attendants for the jetway. Suddenly, one of the passengers, Ross Glatt, flies into an uncontrollable rage. Flight attendant Cheryl Pittis tries to calm him, but Glatt is out of control. Then Kamal notices a passenger catching the spectacle on a handicam, and his instincts tell him this will be great news footage. Glatt - a professional cellist as it turns out - is finally overcome by a fellow passenger, and about to be sedated when the Emergency Response Team storms the plane. All this, Deaton remarks, for what turned out to be plain old-fashioned air rage. Kamal is just thankful the incident happened while they were on the ground. Otherwise, they might have had fighter jets preparing to shoot them down. In the existing climate of post-Sept. 11, the newsmen smell a story. Deaton thinks they should talk to the flight attendant; she's the hook - then security, and all other experts, on the scope of the problem. Kamal sets up a meeting with Pittis prior to her scheduled flight to Vancouver, but he gets stuck in traffic and misses her. It turns out legal counsel has already advised her against talking to the press as the incident is being treated as a potential hijacking. Pittis has practically come unglued, and is convinced that Glatt intended to kill them all. Kamal is anxious to get interviews banked before Deaton heads to Mexico. Glatt's lawyer won't let them get near his client, but there are a few other interviews they can nail down. As for Pittis, Kamal's not even sure she fits into the story now. She keeps calling Glatt a hijacker; as does the airport's Head of Security, Cody Formier, who touts immediate prison sentences and a permanent blacklisting for anyone displaying a violent outburst on a plane. Kamal nearly loses it with all the talk of hijacking. After all, he reminds Kennedy, he had been there that day. They had been in the security line for three hours and thought they would miss their plane. But they didn't, because their take-off was delayed. That's how they ended up with no jetway upon arrival in Toronto - which forced them to sit on the runway for another two hours. She wants to hear how the story unfolds, and she wants Glatt to tell it. He made bail, so he should be home by now. On camera, Glatt waxes philosophical about the event. Kamal loves the guy! He sees this story as a way to address the reasons behind the rage. Deaton, on the other hand, deems Glatt's interview unusable, and detests him for trying to excuse himself and his unforgivable actions with a lot of babbling nonsense. Kennedy agrees with Deaton that Glatt is a bit "serial killer". Kamal's own frustration builds. Instances of air rage are rising. Why aren't we asking why? We're treated like sheep, and they're criminalizing our frustration. Glatt was beaten; he's facing stiff penalties, lawsuits, and jail. It's madness. Kamal wants to do a story about what happened on that plane - and why. He has to find someone else who was there - like Dale, the man who took out Glatt. In Dale, Kamal finally finds someone else who didn't consider Glatt to be a hijacker - and suddenly the story takes a turn. With Deaton now in Mexico, Kamal and Gavin roughly edit the piece together as Kamal sees it. Kamal, though, still needs Deaton to come back to do the final interview with Dale. Sure enough, Deaton goes into a tirade over Kamal's "take" on the story, and refuses to defile his name and reputation with a piece that champions anti-social, violent behavior. Kennedy knows she can't jam a story down Deaton's throat if he hates it - he's the one on-camera. The whole story turns into quite a brouhaha between Kamal and Deaton as each tries to exert his own spin on the issue. Then, with the power of a senior producer, Kennedy decides to turn it into an airline security story. Kamal is devastated. He'd been on that flight; and Glatt had expressed what Kamal had felt. Somehow, Kamal just lost hold of the story. He decides to break the news to Glatt in person but, in a moment tinged with black humour, Glatt goes ballistic when he learns that his interview has been pulled and Kamal barely manages to escape without being hit by shards of flying china.moreless

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