[UPDATED] CONTINENTAL FLIGHT 1118: Muslim screaming “Allahu Akbar” was tackled and restrained by passengers

“But now the TSA is reporting “It was not a security threat!” Riiiiiight!

The Blaze  A Continental Airlines passenger was tackled by fellow fliers and later detained after he caused a disturbance on a flight from Portland to Houston on Tuesday. The man reportedly tried to light an electronic cigarette and began screaming “Allah is great!” KHOU-TV has the report, which also notes the disturbance may have started when the man and his friend were trying to sit by each other and couldn’t. It also includes some emotional interviews with fellow passengers:

According to KHOU, the man has not been charged with anything yet, but he was taken into custody once the plane landed in Portland. The pilot had apparently turned the plane around once the disturbance ensued.

According to Continental, though, there was not security threat.

WELL, WELL, the unruly Muslim on the plane was a Saudi national, who was arrested last Sunday for drunk driving,  ramming two cop cars, and attempting to run over pedestrians.

The Smoking Gun (H/T HSD) The man who repeatedly yelled “Allah is great” as he was removed yesterday from a plane that was forced to make an emergency landing due to his unruly behavior is a 19-year-old Saudi Arabian who was arrested Sunday night after he led Oregon police on a drunken car chase that saw him ram two cop cars and attempt to run over pedestrians, The Smoking Gun has learned.

Yazeed Abunayyan

According to investigators, Yazeed Mohammed Abunayyan was smoking an electronic cigarette on a Continental Airlines flight traveling from Portland to Houston. When a flight attendant directed Abunayyan to stop smoking (or relinquish the device), he refused and began “yelling profanities and swinging his fist at the flight attendant,”according to an indictment filed this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Abunayyan, pictured above, also hit or attempted to hit other passengers and was “speaking or singing about Usama bin Laden and his hatred of women,” the indictment charges. Abunayyan, who reportedly has been in the U.S. visiting relatives, was charged with a felony count of interfering with flight crew members.

Police reported that the intoxicated teenager led them on a 20-minute chase that ended after his Ford sedan got stuck on a dirt embankment. During the chase, Abunayyan was spotted driving in circles, attempting to run over pedestrians, and driving the wrong way on a street. He also rammed two patrol cars.

Abunayyan was booked late Sunday into the Jackson County jail on a variety of charges, including driving under the influence of intoxicants, assault on a police officer, criminal mischief, hit and run, and reckless endangerment.

He was freed from custody Monday around 6 PM after posting $65,000 bond. Which allowed him, a day later, to board Flight 1118, albeit briefly

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