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Monday, May 9, 2011

Rageit Almurisi, Passenger on SFO-Bound Flight, Bangs on Cockpit Door, Wrestled to the Ground

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2011 at 6:45 AM

Another crazy passenger
  • Another crazy passenger

This is any passenger's worst nightmare a week after the killing of Osama bin Laden. Passengers on a San Francisco-bound flight last night had a scare when a 28-year-old man with a Yemeni passport started yelling and banging on the cockpit door.

Media outlets report that at about 8:30 p.m., American Airlines flight 1561, which had departed from Chicago O'Hare Airport, was about a half-hour from landing at SFO when Rageit Almurisi got out of his seat and started yelling unintelligibly.

He made his way to the cockpit, where he reportedly started pounding on the door while yelling. Flight attendants tried to restrain Almurisi, while two passengers -- one a San Mateo police officer and the other a retired Secret Service agent -- wrestled him to the ground.

He was placed in plastic handcuffs and arrested  by federal authorities after the flight landed at about 9. He was treated for an abrasion he got during the struggle, and then booked in San Mateo County Jail.

So now you are wondering -- was the craziness related to last week's killing of bin Laden? Law enforcement authorities say they have no idea.

And that's just not comforting.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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