Man Threatens to Bring Down Commercial Jet, Says He “Wanted to See Allah!”
Since 9/11, airport and airline security measures have been strictly upheld to maintain the safety of the world's skies. Those measures proved their worth recently and we should be more grateful for the safety they provide.
The incident took place on a routine flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. A passenger made his way to the front of the plane and began banging on the door that led to the cockpit claiming that he "wanted to see Allah."
After banging for a while on the door, he threatened to crash the plane into Austria if he wasn't given access to the cabin.
Luckily, there was a professional handball team from Serbia that was able to help the airline personnel restrain and subdue the man. The team and others involved in the incident said that the would-be hijacker appeared to have mental issues, but that in no way excuses his actions or makes the situation any less frightening or serious.
After landing, the man was immediately placed under the care of Serbian officials who ordered him placed under immediate 48-hour lock-down. It remains to be seen what will happen to the man, but it is likely that he will be placed in prison for a long time.
According to people involved in the incident, the man was a Jordanian who held an American passport. It's impossible to say what happened to the man to make him try to bring the plane down, or what caused his shift to Islamism, but we can only be thankful that a group of professional athletes was on-board and able to take control of the situation.
It's time for the rest of the Islamic world to denounce these radicalized Muslims and make this even more of a rarity. We need the skies to be free from radicals threatening to take planes down as a homage to Allah.
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