Air steward tackles Yemeni passenger battering on cockpit, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ as plane comes in to land at San Francisco

Daily Mail [UK]
10th May 2011

  • Third scare in two days for air passengers in America
  • Security alerts at U.S. train stations and airports after death of Bin Laden
  • Passengers say man yelled ‘God is great’ in Arabic as he rushed up the aisle
  • ‘We were all looking at our lives flash before our eyes’

Crew members and passengers wrestled a 28-year-old man to the cabin floor after he began pounding on the cockpit of a plane approaching San Francisco.

The man was yelling as he brushed past a flight attendant about 10 minutes before American Airlines Flight 1561 from Chicago was due to land on Sunday night, police said.

Rageit Almurisi, 28, carried a Yemen passport but his nationality is not clear, a spokesman said.

The man has no clear or known ties to terrorism and authorities have still not yet established a motive, San Francisco police Sergeant Michael Rodriguez told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Passengers told of how Almurisi was heard to shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ – or ‘God is great’…

  • A man slipped into the PATH tunnel at the World Trade Center in New York and walked all the way to Jersey before saying he had left a bomb in the tunnel
  • Police blocked off several streets in the Bronx, New York, as the NYPD bomb squad investigated a parked SUV
  • The Mockingbird DART station and the surrounding area in Dallas, Texas, were evacuated on Saturday after a police dog alerted authorities to suspicious packages
  • Four people were arrested at Denver International Airport after staff noticed someone videotaping security lines
  • A picture of a little baby being patted down by security staff at Kansas City Airport was posted on Twitter…

The entire article is at the Daily Mail.

Related: Intelligence Officials: More Warnings of al-Qaida Terror Plots Coming

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