Nothing to see here folks, just some jihadis on a plane. What could possibly go wrong?
A passenger aboard a JetBlue flight from Boston to Puerto Rico tried to storm the cockpit before choking a flight attendant — and shouted at the pilot in Arabic and Spanish to shoot him, officials said.
Flight 261 was about an hour from San Juan late Wednesday when Khalil El Dahr became enraged after a phone call he tried to make was unsuccessful, according to an FBI affidavit obtained by ABC News.
Some 25 minutes later, he “pulled himself out of his seat and rushed toward the flight deck yelling to be shot” in Spanish, the document says.
Retired FAA special agent Brian Sullivan, who warned of a possible terrorist attack in the runup to the 9/11 hijackings out of Logan International Airport in Boston, said Friday this is a worrisome confrontation.
“There’s been a lot of air rage incidents of late. The frequency of these can mask attempts to test the system,” Sullivan told the Herald. “Sometimes those who test the system can ask to be shot in an attempt to see if they can draw out a Federal Air Marshal.”
“Again, our last line of defense is passengers and crew who are alert and ready to react. They didn’t just “see something, say something,” in this instance they did something.”
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Hero attendants on Boston JetBlue flight block cockpit from ‘unruly passenger’ saying ‘Allah’
Flight was heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico
By Joe Dwinell | Boston Herald |September 24, 2021:
Hero flight attendants fought off an enraged passenger who attempted to storm the cockpit of a JetBlue flight out of Boston this week — at one point being heard saying “Allah” — in a brutal clash that has once again raised questions about airline safety.
That passenger on JetBlue Flight 261 heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday night “had to be physically restrained by flight crew members … during the passenger’s attempt to gain access to the flight deck,” an FBI agent states in his affidavit,
The suspect, Khalil El Dahr, “became angry” after a phone call he tried to make was unsuccessful, the affidavit states.
He then “rushed toward the flight deck yelling to be shot,” the FBI agent states. Six or seven flight crew members then took him on until they could subdue him, the agent adds.
At “one point during the incident, they were able to understand El Dahr said Allah in a raised tone,” the agent’s report states.
El Dahr faces felony charges of interfering with a flight crew, Special Agent William Lopez of the FBI’s San Juan Division said in the affidavit.
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