Ali Reza Shahsavari, a 29-year-old man of Iranian descent, boarded a Southwest flight in L.A. headed to Kansas City on Tuesday. At some point after takeoff, according to the crew's account, he got into a fight with another passenger. They separated the two men. Shahsavari went into the bathroom and started to shout obscenities.
At some point, he made this threat:
"You're all going to die. You're all going to hell. Allahu Akbar!"
Soon after that discouraging announcement, a flight attendant succeeded in calming him down. The flight rerouted to Amarillo, where Shahsavari was taken into police custody, without resistance, while a dozen officers took affidavits from other passengers.
The initial emergency call claimed a passenger "was attempting to break into the cockpit," but Amarillo police think now that that never happened.
"He was being disruptive and unruly on the flight, but he was not specifically trying to break into the cockpit," [Amarillo Aviation Director Patrick] Rhodes said. [...]
FBI Special Agent Mark White, based in Dallas, said the event did not appear to be an act of terrorism. He described Shahsavari as a U.S. citizen who might have experienced an episode of mental illness.
"It sounded like he sort of lost control of himself," White said.
Even so, if you're name is Ali Shahsavari, don't be surprised if you now find yourself on the No Fly List. You know what they say — one Allah-praising, mass-murder-pledging apple ruins the bunch.
[Amarillo Globe-News, Screengrab via Amarillo.com]