Hijacked airplane - before 9/1
Hijacked airliner scenario. A bit dated, but… based in fact.
You are on a long , cross-country flight over Europe. The aircraft seats maybe 200 and it is about 80% full. An hour into the flight but a few hours from your destination, three male passengers leap from their seats and declare that the airplane is being hijacked, and that they are in control. You are in the rear half of the airplane, but you can see men with handguns standing and pointing their weapons in the general direction of the passengers.
One hijacker appears to be in charge, and the other two seem to take direction from him. You note that the hijackers are careful not to get within more than within an arm’s distance of each other at any given time. It appears that the hijackers all have handguns, but you can’t be certain. You see no other weapons such as explosive vests or grenades, and they have not threatened to blow the plane up.
Since this takes place before 9/11/01, the cockpit door is not armored and the door is propped open so the cockpit is open to the cabin. The flight attendants appear to be restrained in seats at the front of the cabin – they are not moving around. From all you perceive, the pilots are complying with the hijacker’s demands as they make no announcements and the airplane seems to proceed on course in level flight.
Once the passengers get over the initial shock they are generally quiet and subdued. With some crying, some praying, most others sitting stone-faced.
During the flight the hijackers are allowing passengers to use the rest room, but only one at a time. They are directed to use only a lav in the rear of the aircraft. After a couple of tense hours you ask you use the lav, and it is finally your turn. You enter the lav and close the door. You take a seat on the john and nervously set about your business. You happen to look down and on the floor, next to the commode, you see a Browning Hi Power which you immediately recognize as belonging to one of the hijackers. You are familiar with the weapon so you pick it up and determine that it is fully loaded.
What do you do?
Note: This was a real situation from the 1990s. I've been unsuccessful in trying to find the specifics, but I do know how it ended. Let's hear some proposed solutions before I reveal the actual ending.