A Southwest Airlines plane (Flight 3683) flying from Los Angeles to Kansas City with a final destination of Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Tuesday, had to be diverted to make an emergency landing at 3:30 p.m. in Texas after a passenger became unruly.
Police say it began with Ali Reza Shahsavari, 29, of Indialantic, Florida and another passenger arguing. A flight crew member separated the two men, and Shahsavari went into the restroom and started to yell obscenities.
Passengers claimed he was shouting: “You’re all going to die. you’re all going to hell. Allahu Akbar.”
A flight attendant got Ali Reza Shahsavari to calm down before having to land in Texas.
When the Southwest plane landed, authorities came onto the plane and arrested Shahsauri for “interference with a flight crew.”
Amarillo Globe-News reported:
Aviation Director Patrick Rhodes said an emergency call was placed about 3:30 p.m. to the control tower at Rick Husband. The caller initially reported a male passenger was attempting to break into the cockpit, Rhodes said. Amarillo police said the call came from the cockpit.
“He was being disruptive and unruly on the flight, but he was not specifically trying to break into the cockpit,” Rhodes said.
The other 136 passengers were taken into a secure area at the airport and more than a dozen detectives questioned them before they were able to board the plane again. The Southwest plane took off at 5:30 p.m. for Kansas City and from there it’s final destination was Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Shahsavari’s sister was traveling with him and stayed in Amarillo overnight. TSA agents searched the luggage of Shahsavari, then turned it over to his sister. Authorities reported there was a language barrier when they were trying to interview Ali Reza Shahsavari.
FBI reported that there does not appear to be any terrorism act related to this incident and that the man is a U.S. citizen.
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