From the Yahoo News article: No bail for man who tried to access plane cockpit.
A federal judge has denied bail for a Yemen native accused of trying to barge into the cockpit of a San Francisco-bound American Airlines flight.
Prosecutors argued in court Tuesday that Rageh Al-Murisi shouldn’t get bail because he’s a danger to society.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Elise Becker says Al-Murisi yelled “God is great” in Arabic before pushing toward the cockpit. She notes the same phrase was uttered by the hijackers of Flight 93 as they took over the plane that eventually went down in Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001.
Sounds like a clear-cut case of a loose cannon extremist attempting to bring a plane down without much of a plan, right?
Well, not according to his family…
The Yemeni man who was wrestled to the floor after pounding on the cockpit door of a plane approaching San Francisco may have mistaken it for the bathroom.
Rageit Almurisi cannot speak English very well and could have misunderstood the signs inside the jet, his cousin claimed.
The maths teacher, who was heard yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he allegedly battered the door, had also only been on three planes in his life and would have been unfamiliar with the layout.
This definitely means that every time I visit the loo from this day forward, I’m going to yell out “Allahu Ackbar!”
His family also claimed that Almurisi, 28, suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and could also have reacted badly when an air stewardess told him to sit down.
His painful joint condition meant he had to take regular walks on flights, they claimed. ‘I would not be having that,’ his cousin Rageh Almoraissi said.
‘If a flight attendant has the nerve to grab me and try to force me to my seat, believe me, you would hear about other people having injuries.’
So if you have a headache that sends you into a frenzy, the natural thing to do when a flight attendant tries to calm you down is rush the cockpit and yell out the same thing as the 9/11 hijackers? Fantastic idea.
Also, I’m checking out the other passengers on every flight I take. If Rageh Almoraissi is on board, then I will not be.