After much searching, I found the name of the “drunk and unruly” passenger aboard AirTran Flight 39 – which had 55 high school students aboard from South Carolina. Muhammad Abu Tahir is the passenger who caused the flight to be diverted, threw shoes at a flight attendant, grabbed the flight attendant, locked himself in the toilet and caused F-16s to scramble and escort the airliner to the ground in Colorado Springs, CO. Another thought is former
CIA, Michael Schueur’s warning that an event, just like this one, may
be used to “clog” the intelligence pipeline. See links to that discussion below.
Thanks to 9NEWS.com, we have the following information:
The FBI says Tahir wasn’t following directions and grabbed a flight
attendant on either the hand or the arm and then took off his socks and
shoes and threw them. The flight attendant was not seriously hurt.
“I mean the guy was pretty big and he was kind of threatening and he
was aggressive and we’re in a little tube,” Sam Miorelli, a passenger
on the plane, said. “I saw him several times come to the front of the
plane and get more bottles of wine from the flight attendant, and
towards the end, he was basically stumbing.”
“It was the fastest from where you’re flying along to where you’re
landed that I’ve ever experienced in my life of flying,” Miorelli said.
“I mean you could feel your ears popping definitely more quickly than
you usually do as you’re descending. It was pretty obvious this was not
your every day landing.”
After the emergency landing, the plane was removed to a remote area (no mention that it probably had to searched…all passengers taken off…all luggage rescreened). The landing was about 11:30 a.m. The departure sans Tahir occurred about 4 p.m. – a 4-1/2 hour delay!
Charges are expected on Monday.
If convicted of interference with a flight crew, Tahir could get up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
Is this what America is facing? Will there be lawsuits filed against
numerous airlines for taking disruptive Muslims off of flights? As
Larwyn (with some of my thoughts woven in) says: “Pregnant/and/or/Pious
Females in Burkas…Religious Conferences couched as vacations,
transgendered Arabs looking for a way to 72 virgins through their
underpants…is this the new normal?
AirTran has had their share of similar unfortunate events. Take a look at these recent stories:
AirTran Flight 175 Muslim Family Removed – lawsuit alert
AirTran Flight 297 – Muslim Men Disrupt AirTran Flight
And original background on the above article
AirTran Flight 39 Landing with F-16 escorts