Oct 19 2011
[UPDATED!] Southwest Airlines flight cut short due to unruly passenger (with Muslim sounding name) trying to get into cockpit
Amarillo police arrested Ali Reza Shahsauri, 29, a California man who airport officials say disrupted Southwest Airlines flight 3683 from Los Angeles to Kansas City. He was arrested on a charge of interference with a flight crew.
Something every news report conveniently left out yesterday: The Muslim unruly passenger was shouting, “You are all going to Hell. You are all going to die. Allahu Akbar.
AMIRILLO Amarillo Aviation Director Patrick Rhodes said an emergency call was placed about 3:30 p.m. to the flight tower at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. The caller initially reported a male passenger was attempting to break into the cockpit, Rhodes said.
The plane landed without incident at the Amarillo airport and was transported to Gate 7 of the new terminal, Rhodes said. Amarillo police took the man into custody and he was questioned by federal authorities before being transported to Randall County Jail, officials said.
Passenger Doug Oerding said Shahsauri started screaming obsenities at other passengers during the flight. Attendants attempted to calm Shahsauri and then he went to the bathroom at back of plane and started making a commotion, Oerding said.
“All of us guys were looking at him like are we going to have to do something,” Oerding said. He said a flight attendant got Shahsauri to calm down. The flight landed and police officers came onto the plane and took him into custody, Oerding said.
More than a dozen detectives arrived at the airport to gather affidavits from the estimated 200 passengers on the flight, officials said.