Non-Stop: Bill Marks [ISTJ 8w9]

Function Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Bill is on a long flight across the Atlantic when a new message pings on his Air Marshall communication device – either he has a bunch of money wired to an account or “someone on this plane is going to die every 20 minutes.” He reports it to his supervisors and the pilots, and confronts a coworker about being behind it, but doesn’t really know who is doing it, even after the first person dies. Bill methodically starts finding and eliminating suspects by singling them out, sending text messages, and marking down whoever is using their phone. He asks his boss to dig up information on these passengers to see if them have any histories that might explain why they are doing this or validate them as suspicious. When that doesn’t work, he starts searching and interrogating people. Gradually, he starts to unravel what is happening, first suspecting one person and then the next, and it’s only after he notices a minor detail in a video feed that he pieces together the true perpetrators and confronts them. He’s logical and authoritative, ordering people around, delegating tasks to them, and expecting them to do as they are told. Bill is very private about his feelings, shocked to discover he has been framed for all of this (it’s his name on the account, and he’s maligned across the world as having taken the plane “hostage”), and begs his friend / coworker not to “do this” before he has to snap his neck. Bill has the most compassion for the little girl on the flight, because he associates her with his dead daughter. He follows whatever the clues tell him, rather than speculate on who might be involved or what their reasons might be, and focuses on terminating the problem rather than understanding it.

Enneagram: 8w9 sp/so

Bill has two sides to his nature—one of them is aggressive and confrontational, as he yells at his boss to get him on a different flight home so he doesn’t have a long layover (leading later to them framing him for what happened, citing him as “unpredictable and violent”), and the other has sympathy for those who cannot protect themselves and who are afraid (the little girl on the plane, whom he convinces to board, by being kind and tender to her). He takes his job as Air Marshall seriously, but also does not stand for any crap – he orders people around, drags them into the back for interrogation, gets into an argument with the pilot, ignores his direct orders to “stand down,” handcuffs people in front of other passengers, and even creates enemies, because his tendency not to tell anyone what is happening or recruit trustworthy companions (other than the woman seated next to him and a flight attendant he’s known for a long time) causes them to dislike him. He punches a NYC PD officer in the nose when the man tries to subdue and take him down, but then gives him a gun and an assignment. He hates to admit to his own fears, and doesn’t stop pursuing the truth even after it threatens to get him thrown into jail. He has no problem breaking the rules on the plane and smoking in the bathroom, after he’s taped shut the smoke detector. He thinks it’s his job to protect everyone on the plane, even if it violates their personal rights and terrorizes them to some degree. His 9 wing, however, at first is slow to respond, does not want unnecessary conflict, and over-indulges itself in drinking and smoking to get away from the pain of his family loss.