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as the first black anglican archbishop of capetown, he preached nonviolent resistance to the apartheid system. he was awarded the nobel peace prize in 1984. cnn's david mckenzie now reflects on tutu's historic role in modern south africa. >> you find your cousin has been killed -- >> reporter: when we spoke to the late traffephotographer in he remembered a different time. >> we got a funeral each week. people getting killed. and then you don't find one person. five, six, seven, eight people, mass funeral happens. >> reporter: during the 1980s, the apartheid regime was at war with the black majority. one of its goals, to turn the liberation movement against itself.
neighbors ds betrayed neighbors. friends became informants. in this maelstrom, a diminutive anglican bishop was ever-present. desmond tutu was never afraid to step up to the racist regime using his bully pulpit of peace. during apartheid, archbishop tutu's position in the church gave him a semblance of protection, and his deep faith gave him an unwavering moral compass. even when it was deeply unpopular. >> i am not a politician, even though there are those who say so. i speak from the bible. >> the car was standing down there -- >> reporter: for him, tutu's defining moment came at a funeral. >> this is all we wanted, we want to kill him. >> reporter: mourners wanted to throw a suspected informer into his burning car, but tutu saved the man from the mob. saying he should be forgiven, that the struggle should rise
above the violence of the state. >> tutu is a man of god that taught the truth. nothing else but the truth. >> people listened? >> people huslistened to tutu, matter what. >> reporter: during those days with anc leadership in jail or exile, tutu was the voice of the str struggle. but after liberation, tutu's embrace of the ruling anc was awkward. y >> you represent me. >> reporter: when the rainbow nation faltered, he spoke up on corruption, aids policy, diplomacy. >> one day we will start praying for the defeat of the anc government. you are disgraceful. >> he's an equal opportunity. >> reporter: his daughter says
now that he's gone, south africa will lose its conscience. >> south africa will lose a champion and a coach. >> reporter: she says tutu always cheered south africa when it did the right thing, and consistently called the country to task when it did not. >> david mckenzie is with me now from south africa. david, over the next few hours and days, we will hear many tributes from the great and the good. but the thing i always remember every time i met desmond tutu was his energy and that laugh. that infectious, overwhelming laugh. he drew you in. >> that's right. those of us who had the privilege of meeting desmond tutu, talking to him, interviewing him, remember even when it was very heavy, weighty matters in terms of south a
africa's post-liberation struggles or global issues of peace and morality, there was always that laugh. the anglican church just a short time ago calling it not a laugh but a cackle. the man had a boundless energy that he was able, as you say, to draw you in, to find common ground, and have just limitless depths of empathy for others, richard. >> david, within that construct, what he did during the apartheid years was absolutely extraordinary, remarkable, unique. but what he's done in the post years, particularly over the last ten years, has been just as remarkable in its own way. >> reporter: that's right. desmond tutu was always deeply involved in politics. but as you said, you saw in the '80s, he was never a politician,
per se. he was a man of god. he believed that his role was in moral leadership. and as he saw it, when the anc, the ruling party in south africa, lost its way, he spoke up. that is deeply unusual in post-liberation countries. and extremely unusual here in south africa. so he became somewhat of a thorn in the side of some leaders of the anc who still greatly respected him, but found him, as his daughter said, an equal opportunity irritant. >> and on that point, a decision by the late president mandela to appoint him to chair the truth and reconciliation commission that body, which is often attempt tobd replicated in other wartorn areas, but his role there and the fact he did that job was essential in many ways
to the sort of south africa of today and the peace of today. >> reporter: it was an extraordinary role, and you saw the weight of it on his shoulders. that many months of witness testimony, of questioning of those who committed the atrocities of apartheid and those who lived through it or family disappeared because of apar apartheid. i remember clearly when desmond tutu, chair of the reconciliation commission, himself broke down. he was a small man, but he had broad shoulders in terms of dealing with the weight and the pain of events in south africa with an often light touch that allowed people to tell their stories. he was a great raconteur and an excellent listener. and that trc, the truth and reconciliation commission, was a key, a pivotal moment in south africa to at least attempt to move past the atrocities of apartheid. but as you say, richard, he
continued that voice, that moral voice, that he was never really afraid of piping up. in recent years, because of a lengthy illness, he retreated somewhat from public life. but, you know, his -- as his own book said, the rabble-rouser of peace. this man was a global celebrity for a reason. he took people in, into his confidence. he was able to capture a crowd. in the thick of apartheid in the '80s, because everyone else frankly was in prison or had left the country in exile, there you had in his church outfit the small priest at the front of the line of tens of thousands of people marching for change. >> around the world we're getting reaction to archbishop tutu's death. the south african president said
on twitter, the passing of archbishop emeritus desmond tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation's farewell to a generation of outstanding south africans who have bequeathed us a liberated south africa. richard branson, who established a group called the elders of which desmond tutu was a member, has said, i'm so sad that archbishop tutu has passed away. the world has lost a giant. he was a brave leader, a mischievous delight, a profound thinker, and a dear friend. omicron is continuing to cast clouds over the christmas holiday around the world and in the united states. in the u.s., covid cases are soaring. new records are being set in various parts of the country. and yet look at the new cases. 41%, 42%, call it that, but new deaths still higher at 16%. the number of people in hospital
is only -- only, i say, forgive me -- 2.5%. it's much lower than the peaks we saw earlier in the year. health experts are cautioning hospitalizations tend to lag behind the infection rate. more than 1,000 flights have been canceled on tuesday saturday and sunday, and that's on top of nearly 700 on christmas eve. airlines say too many flight crews have been sidelined, either because they caught covid or because they're having to isolate as a result of a close contact. surging numbers leading to long waits at testing tights and disresulting professional sport schedules. cnn's alison cossack reports. >> reporter: more than getting a last-minute christmas gift, the bigger issue for many americans this christmas is how to get a covid-19 test. because millions of americans were hoping to travel or get together with family members. from new york where we saw long lines over the past week, people standing in the cold to get
those covid-19 tests, to raleigh, north carolina, where lines were a mill long on christmas eve with some waiting up to two hours in traffic just to get to the testing site. in oahu, hawaii, at one testing site the line wrapped around several blocks with some waiting 2 1/2 hours to get tests. covid-19 also causing disruptions to supports and vacations. the nhl, the national hockey league, announcing its regular schedule for its season won't resume till tuesday. previously, the league planned to resume games monday following a pause in play. on board a carnival cruise ship, several people tested positive for covid. the ship was denied entry to two ports but was allowed to dock in the dominican republic. the ship departed miami on december 18th and is expected to return on december 26th. all this happening as we're seeing a spike in the number of cases in new york state, reporting just on friday 44,000
new covid-19 cases. that breaks the previous record of 38,000 cases. hospitalizations in new york are rising, but at a lower rate. data show hospitalizations rising 4.6% from thursday to friday just before christmas. amid all this, governor hochul announcing that new york will shorten the quarantine time for people who have covid-19 from ten days to five days. this shortened quarantine period for people known to work in the critical workforce. this includes nurses, police officers, cooks, bartenders, and waitstaff, servers. the move means that after a positive test, fully vaccinated people in the critical workforce can get back to work after five days after that covid result if they are asymptomatic and agree to wear their mask.
governor hochul argued having that ten-day rule unnecessarily caused staff shortages in those frontline workers. alison cossack, cnn, new york. italy and united kingdom posting record number of cases. cnn's scott mcclain is in london, and barbie nadeau is in rome. scott, the situation in the uk, we have large numbers of cases in the uk. again, as the story is elsewhere, the number of hospitalizations still remains low. >> that's absolutely right, richard. the number of cases is absolutely astounding. there aren't new numbers this weekend because of the holiday, but christmas eve this country set a new record for new infections. and the latest government estimates show that 1 in 35 people in england has the virus right now. in london, that number is even higher, 1 in 20. london is undoubtedly the
omicron epicenter of this country. it also has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. part of the concern is even if omicron is less severe, and studies suggest many my accounts it is, you could still have such a high number of cases that you'll end up with pressure on the health care system. perhaps the more pressing concern, though, right now is if you look at the number of health care workers who are calling in sick. take the end of november, for instance. in london, there are about 1,000 health care workers calling in sick that day. fast forward to a week ago. that number had almost quadrupled, almost 4,000 health care workers in london calling out sick because of the coronavirus alone. you're starting to see new restrictions piling up. in scotland in wales in london. they've canceled the new year's eve celebrations, some premier league league games have been canceled. but there's not really action from the british government to
take further restrictions in england specifically. you can kind of understand why when you look at the new cases. yeah, they're shooting up. but when you look at deaths, they are flat or even declining. hospitalizations are flat, maybe rising ever so slightly. but this is not a health care emergency at this point by any stretch of the imagination. so for now, at least, it's wait and see, richard. >> thank you, scott mcclain in london, barbie nadeau in rome, european countries have taken a somewhat different view. they have introduced, particularly italy and france, quite stringent measures instead of the wait-and-see example of england. why is that? >> reporter: you know, i think the continental europe was hilt so hard early on in the very first wave of the pandemic, in march 2020. they still want to go back to that. they were trying to do everything they can to avoid a full lockdown. if that means canceling new year's eve celebrations, if that
means making it very difficult to go into a restaurant unless you've been vaccinated, they're going to do all those sorts of things to try to avoid the sort of lockdowns we saw early on, which were crippling to the economy. i think you've got an approach where they sort of turned a blind eye to surface, there weren't a lot of restrictions the last few days. new year's for all intents and purposes is canceled. every celebration is prohibited on some level in the coming week. i think they're trying to do that to stem the spread of this, even though as scott said we're not seeing -- here as well, you know, death rates climb, things like that. hospitalizations are slowly inchingup but nothing like we saw the last few ways. still, avoiding the lockdowns, avoid hurting economies any more than they have. >> i presume there's still the great call for booster shots. israel is sort of playing around with the idea of a fourth. others are talking about that. is there any talk of a fourth for the vulnerable that you've
heard in europe? >> reporter: well, you know, one of the things we're doing with health passes, you have to have two vaccines and then the health pass is a super health pass in italy. in other places you have to have had the booster as well. we're hearing from the government the health pass with booster is six months. that i plies another booster. there hasn't been a call. not everyone here is boosted, we should say that, the program got off to a slow start. they're talking about an expiration date on the health pass. so that means another booster, richard. >> in rome this morning, barbie, thank you. rioters on january the 6th tried to push through a tunnel. the police struggled to hold them back. we have newly released video, just look at it. it shows one of the most violent confrontations of insurrection at the u.s. capitol. on sunday night and every night. nyquil severe.
oppressed, the fate is the same for all of us. we either survive together, or we are going to be damned together. >> that simplicity shows the beauty of the messages from archbishop desmond tutu, who has died today at 90. there he was expressing the sort of philosophy that made him a moral giant. as we continue in this hour, we will consider more of his life and legacy in a moment. other news i must bring to you this morning. the military junta in myanmar is being accused of a christmas massacre. a local human rights group says more than 30 people have been killed in an area between the capital and the thai border. the group says the victims' charred remains were found on christmas day. aid groups say two of their
staff are missing after their vehicle was attacked and burned. the military-controlled media is describing what they describe as terrorists. the sheer brutality of the january 6th insurrection has been on full display in a video released by the justice department this week. i must warn you, the footage you are about to see is graphic. it shows, as you'll see, officers trying to hold the line against the pro-trump mob which is trying to push through the capitol's lower west entrance. some officers were viciously beaten. it was one of the most violent confrontations seen that day. cnn's jessica schneider with this report. >> reporter: a three-hour video just released by the justice department after cnn and other outlets sued for access shows one of the most violent and prolonged battles between capitol police and the pro-trump
mob. the video, taken from a capitol security camera on the lower west terrace, does not have sound but shows how dozens of rioters moved in on capitol police, spraying the cops who stood guard, pointing strobe lights at them, striking them with batons and flagpoles. you can see a helmet knocked off of one officer's head. the video release comes as the house committee investigating january 6th prepares to ramp up its probe in the new year. chairman bennie thompson tells "the washington post" he's focusing on then-president trump's actions, zeroing in on this video he released 187 minutes after the riot began. >> you have to go home now. >> reporter: thompson telling the "post" it appears he tried to do a taping several but wouldn't say the right thing. thompson now saying trump's delayed response could be a factor in deciding whether to make a criminal referral, possibly for disrupting the electoral college proceedings,
and other trump officials could face referrals for pressuring local and state election officials to overturn the results. >> the men and women of the new york city police department -- >> reporter: former new york city police commissioner and trump ally bernie carrick saying any information he provides must be made public, will post documents online, and wants to testify. carrick worked alongside trump's former attorney, rudy giuliani, after the election to discredit the results and attended a meeting ought the willard holt with other trump allies on january 5s to discuss how to keep trump in office. committee member pete aguilar says they hope the supreme court works fast. >> our anticipation is that the supreme court will uphold that ruling in an expedited manner. >> reporter: no word on how quickly the supreme court will decide. jessica schneider, cnn, washington. an unusual start to christmas for the british royal family. police say an arm the intruder
was arrested saturday on the grounds of windsor castle where the queen and family were celebrating the holiday. a 19-year-old man was taken into custody by officials shortly after entering the area. the security scare didn't stop prince charles and his wife, the duchess of cornwall, and other members of the family from attending a christmas church service in windsor a few hours later. the queen in her christmas message remembered her late husband, prince philip, who died this year. >> christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones. this year especially, i understand why. but for me, in the months since the death of my beloved philip, i have drawn great comfort from the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work from around the country, the commonwealth, and the world. >> her majesty also urged people to use her upcoming platinum jubilee, 70 years on the throne,
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african bishop of capetown, known as "the arch." he preached nonviolent opposition to the apartheid system. in 1984 he was awarded the nobel peace prize for his efforts and nearly a decade later witnessed the end of apartheid in south africa. he served a key role chairing the truth and reconciliation commission under then-president nelson mandela. cnn's larry joins us from kenya. it's not overstating it. as a clerical leader, but he was also a force, and those who came up against him felt that force. >> reporter: he was a tour de force, not just in south africa, all across the african continent and around the world. that is why you mentioned he won the nobel prize in 1984, a full decade before apartheid ended in
south africa. even then his message was powerful beyond the pulpit, which he was at heart an anglican priest, but more than that, he was one of the people who was nonviolently opposed to the apartheid regime, and he could go where others could not. that is why for instance, he's considered among many africans today who are mourning him, one of the greatest africans to ever have lived. not as powerful as mandela, but close. he's a figure we learned about in canon history as somebody who spoke very strongly, sometimes with tears, sometimes with laughter, but his message was never -- he was never unequ unequivocal, he was opposed to apartheid, any discrimination. after apartheid he spoke up on all the issues against -- the iraq war, for instance, he spoke out against any discrimination for lgbtq people in south africa, which is controversial across the african continent. that's the kind of man desmond
tutu was, beyond just his message as a cleric. >> live from nairobi, thank you. coauthor of "nelson mandela: a life in photographs," ambassador for the tutu foundation in the uk, hello, richard mason. obviously, commiserations. we appeared to have lost that line to john battersby. larry men doha? we seem to have lost larry as well. we will return to both of those gentlemen as the time moves on. > new covid cases surging around the world. it's driven in part by the rapidly spreading omicron. france for the first time reported more than 100,000 new cases, double that recorded just
three weeks ago. public health officials are watching worrisome upticks in hospital numbers. south korea is reporting its fourth straight day of record high numbers in icu. the virus upended holiday travel for countless passengers as covid-related staff shortages have led airlines to cancel or delay thousands of flights during one of the busiest times. university of hong kong, joining me from oxford in england. we're getting a good idea of to some extent that the level of death and hospitalization means this is not covid redux from previous spikes. south africa's numbers seem to suggest the same. when do you think we are out of the woods? >> good morning. i think it's always very difficult to answer a question like that, because we see
variants behaving in different ways in different places. what we do know about the omicron variant is it's spreading rapidly across europe and most european countries, now bringing in some form of regulation, particularly as we come towards the new year's eve celebrations. we know that omicron is very transmissible, passes on really quickly, with a huge spike in london. but at the same time, if you're vaccinated or have immunity, you are less likely to have severe disease and be admitted to hospital. however, if you've got large numbers of people with the infection, that still means it puts pressure on the health care systems. so it's a disease that is probably, and i say probably because it's only early research that we're looking at. it's probably less serious than the previous variants, but it's just the volume and the number of cases which make it carry such a risk. not only to individuals' health, but also to social systems.
>> thinking about the conversations around our christmas table yesterday, with family, double vaccinated, boosted, and tested that morning with a lateral flow test to make sure -- but thinking about that conversation, as i'm sure similar in your own household, but thinking about the conversation, people were talking about -- family was talking about, is this the future? where we have to live with it, so it's no longer pandemic, it's endemic. we have a testing regime. and you just get on with it. >> there is an element of thinking that takes us along that line. but i hope we don't have to just get on with it, that the levels of the disease that we have at the current time. i think just getting on with it may be the fact that we recognize covid isn't going to go away, it's going to be part of being immunized against covid will be part of what we put up with in our lives or what we accept in our lives, just as we
accept flu vaccination, for example. so i think we know that covid isn't about to disappear. but at the same time, i think very high levels, such as the ones we're seeing at the current time in the uk, in europe, are such that do require controls in our lives which we probably don't want to see in the longer period, longer term. so it is a matter of the scientific developments recognizing the problems as they come along very early. recognizing what we're about to hear, despite getting measures into place. i think it's, yes, we're going toole to live with it but actually not at this level. >> the numbers in the u.s. show single-dose, 73%, booster given, 19.5%. extrapolate from that. if the u.s. is already behind in
terms of just geographically and chronologically for omicron, but only has a 19% booster rate, and we know omicron can defeat the others, although lesser effect -- should the u.s. be worried? >> 19% is very low for third vaccine dose. we know from the research in the uk, for example, that it is the third dose that boosts the immunity, pushes it back up. after two days, immunity starts to wane. if you have the third booster dose, it pushes up. it pushes up the immunity up into the 90%. so i think that that is very low level, and it would be very -- i expect public health people across the u.s. are pushing boosters very hard. just as we are in the uk. we have a booster drive in the uk at the current time. really trying to get people who
haven't had the first vaccination to come forward, to get people who have had two to have their boosters. there are a lot of walk-in clinics during the holiday period. >> extraordinary in its own right. vaccines on christmas. thank you, doctor, i appreciate it. >> thank you, bye-bye. >> have a good boxing day, thank you. it reminds me, a good boxing day to those celebrate. there are many countries around the world who celebrate boxing day. there's 1001 reasons it's called "boxing day." as we continue cold in the west, springlike temperatures in the south, the dangerous conditions in the upper plains. at the weather center we'll hear the latest for the holiday forecast. it's true jen. this prebiotic oat formula moisturizes to help prevent dry skin. impressive. aveeno® healthy. it's our nature.™ new daily moisture for face.
mean, phenomenal. and you can see what one person is able to accomplish. >> former archbishop of capetown desmond tutu. he was talking there about president nelson mandela. joining me now, we are able to talk to john battersby, coauthor of "nelson mandela: a life in photographs." ambassador for the tutu foundation in the uk. he joins me now. desmond tutu. i mean, it's too simplistic, is it not, just to really talk about the way he led the apartheid movement when others were in prison? at the end of the day, without him, the whole thing could have lasted a great deal longer. >> yes. absolutely. i mean, archbishop tutu was literally a torch bearer for the liberation leaders, for nelson mandela and his colleagues of
the generation. he led marches through the streets of capetown. he was right out in front when the leaders could not speak because they were either banned or imprisoned. he always said that, once we achieve liberation, you will see me fade into the background. and he did exactly that. except, of course, the background is a relative term. but he stood back from the liberation leaders and held up then a torch for justice and freedom where he was as critical of the liberation leaders when things started to go wrong in south africa as he had been of the apartheid leaders. >> why did he do it against apartheid? there were plenty of clerical leaders who kept quiet. the first black arb bishop of capetown. he could have -- not turned the other way, but he could have been more muted. when you spoke to him or when you heard from him, he always said, it was the right thing to
do. but why did he go so far? >> i think he had that flame of justice and freedom and the yearning for liberation from, you know, throughout his career as a cleric. from the time that he was bishop of johannesburg, and as his time progressed as a cleric. so he became more and more involved in the political struggle. but he always -- he never became a politician. he was always a man of the cloth who was there for justice and freedom. you know, i think it was the circumstances of his life. and having experienced firsthand the inhumanity and deg ra dei guess that came with apartheid. that he felt it his mission to represent, to be the voice of
the voiceless in south africa. >> and later on of course, not just south africa, but in his work with the elders, which of course was originally put f forward by sir richard branson. desmond tutu was one of the elders. and he continued in this spirit of this seeking -- i was going to say, seeking justice, but it was more than that. it was seeking justice with r reconc reconciliation. >> yes, absolutely. i mean, he was -- you know, he coined the term "the rainbow nation" in south africa. and he spoke -- he sat down and spoke to the apartheid leaders. he spoke to leaders from every field. you know, when south africa was going through its most painful times during the liberation struggle, when there were so-called "necklacing" taking
place with so-called collaborators, they put a tire around the neck of some unsuspecting young activist who was suspected of being a spy for the apartheid government and set it alight. it was desmond tutu who would be there, would actually go into the crowd while this horror was taking place and call for calm. and so many times he wept and cried. and then, of course, when he led the truth and reconciliation commission, which was an absolutely towering achievement of his -- over the years that it took place, he had to listen to the pain and suffering of the oppressed every day. and this is what forged him. and this is what made him a custodian of the liberation struggle in south africa. >> john, i'm grateful this morning, this boxing day morning that you've taken time to reflect and remember. thank you, sir.
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i am of the school of thought the only weather that matters is that which is going on over my head. it's raining in london. however, elsewhere in the world, there is certainly weather that is of concern. karen's with us, karen maginnis? >> yes, richard, a lot of people with weather headaches across the western united states in the form of wind, rain, snow, terrible driving conditions for lots of travelers, especially if you're headed up to the sierra nevada. they actually closed a portion of interstate 80. that connects sacramento up toward reno. the visibility was so bad, the road conditions were so terrible. all said and done, it looks like the snowfall is going to be measured in feet. how long will this snow event take place?
it looks like as we go into tuesday and wednesday, we could see as much as 10 feet of snowfall across the northern sierra nevada. not just there. also into the wasatch and the siskiyous and bitterroots, all the way down into the areas around the san cristo mountains, the front range of the rockies. it is going to be messy just about everywhere you go. a lot of people are trying to head home after the wonderful holidays. but it is going to be very tricky with the snowfall, along the snow levels are lowering. not just there, but seattle and portland. we've talked about this snow event. it's been years since they've seen snowfall around christmas time. now it's happening. here you can see that pink. that's where we're looking at snowfall that's going to be the heaviest. travel tricky there. clipper system sweeping across the great lakes. and there's going to be quite a bit of snowfall here. for chicago, not so much, but
bitterly cold arctic area. let me show you ashby, minnesota. it's between minneapolis and fargo. there's a big stretch there, and they had terrible car accidents. as a matter of fact, there was a 50 to 60-car accident with trucks involved because the roads were so incredibly treacherous. no one was seriously injured. that is the good news. definitely, as you're headed back home from the holidays, you need to take it easy. everywhere we look, it is extremely treacherous. >> karen, thank you indeed. i'm grateful to know. before we go, the pope's annual christmas day message this year. pope francis reflected on the importance of connection and healthy social relationships, especially during the pandemic. cnn's senior vatican analyst john allen is in rome. >> reporter: it was a somber yet still hopeful pope francis who celebrated christmas in the vatican under a rainy, gray roman sky. the pontiff delivered his annual
urbe message to the city and the world, usually a 180-degree review of the global situation. of course the pope concentrated in a particular way on the coronavirus pandemic. not only repeating his frequent calls for global suls advertise and access to vaccines, but also expressing concern for the social impact of the pandemic. that is, women who were being abused because they're trapped at home. children being bullied. elderly people who were isolated, alone, and afraid. in response, the pope called for a cull tour of dialogue and encounter that is reaching out to people and listening to what's on their hearts and minds, trying to be present to them. the hope insisted if you do that, even in the era of omicron, there is still hope. >> that question of hope was absolutely the story of this tsa
officer saving a baby's life. if you've already seen it, you'll want to see it again. if you haven't, you'll want to see it. security video from newark airport. cecilia morales at the bottom of the screen jumped over the conveyor belt at a security checkpoint, helping a 2-month-old baby boy who was choking. it happened earlier this month. morales served as an emt, emergency medical technician, for ten years before joining tsa in late october. she was the right person in the right place at exactly the right time, and she knew her duty and exactly what to do. there you see it. well worth it. i am richard quest in london. i will have more in the "cnn newsroom" as we continue. this is cnn. johnson & johnson
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