Airport heroes in war of words

Posted by Paul

Baggage handler John Smeaton has come under attack from the other heroes who helped foil the alleged Glasgow Airport terror attack.

Mr Smeaton was branded "a fake" by one of the men who helped tackle suspects from a burning Jeep which crashed into the airport last June.

The row was sparked by Alex McIlveen, who tore a tendon in his foot while kicking burning Kafeel Ahmed, who later died.

McIlveen, from Glasgow, said: “Smeaton is milking the whole thing for as much as he can get and it makes me sick.

“The only reason Smeaton got so much attention is because of what he said about Glasgow not tolerating terrorists.”

31-year-old Smeaton collected a Queen’s Gallantry Medal this month for delivering a karate kick to one of the terrorists and pulling an injured man away from their burning Jeep.

His warning to would-be terrorists that “Glasgow doesn’t accept this…we’ll set aboot ye” sparked a chain of events that led to him being feted in New York, Scotland and England.

The Scot reacted angrily to the claims he exaggerated his role.

I don’t know who kicked who that day but Smeaton’s words will go down in folklore.

Take a look at the video below…

    

John Smeaton’s comments after Glasgow terrorist attack

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22 Responses to Airport heroes in war of words

  1. david says:

    smeaton is a legend

  2. Unknown says:

    John Smeaton should not get all this media attention. Sure he helped stop the terrorist and everyone is grateful for that, but he wasn\’t the only man to help. I don\’t understand why he is getting praise, a newspaper column and a medal from the queen when the other men who did their part get nothing.

  3. Tam says:

    Mr Smeaton has always pointed out he didn\’t act alone. Perhaps there are other motives behind those who now complain. After all a section of the Scottish community have been demonising him for months., no doubt down to the fact that he tackled terrorists  where they tend to fund them.

  4. steven says:

    i can understand why smeatos mates are annoyed, he was boosted into the media glare more by what he said then what he did, i\’m not knocking him but if he\’d said something more run of the mill we wouldn\’t know who he was today

  5. Unknown says:

     IT IS TIME ALL THIS SOUR GRAPES NONSENSE WAS STOPPED AND WE ALL GOT BACK TO NORMAL WE WILL END UP A LAUGHING STOCK .iM SURE WE ARE ALL GRATEFUL TO EVERYONE WHO TOOK PART IN  HELPING THE POLICE AND PREVENTING THE TERROISTS
    GETTING AWAY THEIR ALWAYS WILL BE SOMEONE LEFT OUT JOHN SEATON IS NOT TO BLAME FOR CATCHING THE PUBLICS IMAGINATION HE WAS JUST A FELLOW DESCRIBING HOW HE FELT AND IT DID NOT DEFLECT FROM ANYONE ELSE WHO HELPED BUT THE SILLINESS OF EVERYONE WANTING A MEDAL IS PETTY TAKE YOUR 30MINUTES OF FAME AND BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU DID YOU ALL PLAYED A PART AND NOBODY WILL FORGET THAT AND WHAT A GRAND STORY TO TELL YOUR GRANDCHILDREN 

  6. Unknown says:

    i mean really how hard is it to kick someone who is on fire???? all this fuss over nothing. john smeaton acted like a ned after the incident and what he said was cringworthy and embarassing. he kicked a guy who was on fire when he was on a fag break and should have been working. if anything he probably caused the fire.

  7. Peter says:

    A scot recieving  a medal with honour from the english Queen? Wow, that won\’t go down too well with the Scots.

  8. Peter says:

    he can now spend all his money on booze, fags , drugs and prossies just like all glasweigians.

  9. Robbie says:

    I find its an outrage he got a medal in the first place. I\’m an emergency services worker and like colleagues I have have had people trying to shoot me, stab me, throw me of balconies, been attacked by and armed gang and what do we get? Nothing. He is a self-confessed so-called have-a-go hero whose accounts are flawed with lies, inaccuracies and exaggeration and the governmenta nd queen fell for it. Tragic! Lets honour the REAL heroes in society who do this stuff everyday and no-one even acknowledges them! THis self-publicity for financial gain and celebrity status makes me sick.

  10. Janice says:

    What is wrong with you people????? Emergency Services man – nobody says you dont deserve a medal, but dont have a go at another person who does and is recognised.  Bigoted Idiot with the strange view of Glaswegians – not worth responding to.  English person – she is queen of Great Britain – not England.  Smeaton did what many of you who criticise him would not have done – he (and others) did what they could to prevent any further danger to the public.  He has been singled out because of his comments to the media – mainly because he spoke in his native tongue.  Is that his crime??? We should be proud that we are a nation who breed the likes of John Smeaton and grateful that occasionally this is recognised.

  11. Unknown says:

    cant understand that why is he geting such honours anyway?
    ok the guy was a terorist but  people ran away from scene ages ago he was burning he coudnt have gone any whre, kicking a guy in a nuts? geting medals? if this happened in any other country uk human rights would have jumped in for kicking a burning guy!a pfile rapes chidren he goes to prison ok but u cant kick or touch him? a serial killer, you cant touch him they all got rights lol!!!
    wot about the soldiers fighting in iraq afghanistan somebody elses war? what do they get? shit?deprestion ?britain brought it upon it self

  12. peter says:

    so scottish chavs do get medals then. wow

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