Perhaps the station left out the Islam part to avoid inciting anti-Muslim sentiments â€” treating Islam with kid gloves seems to be Job #1 lately among the social engineers in editorial offices.
The perp, Rageh Al-Murisi, carried a Yemeni passport although he also has a California ID and lives in Vallejo. Perhaps he felt disappointed that Osama got whacked and decided to express his feelings in a traditional jihad sort of way. Did he intend a revenge attack to defend Islam?
Below is a brief video that includes the passengerâ€™s mention of the jihadist cry of â€?Allahu Akbarâ€? which is commonly used to celebrate that infidels are about to be murdered: â€?God is great!â€? is the translation. What a religion.
Update: The following video shows how many media outlets ignored the apparent Islamic motivation:
Man attempts cockpit intrusion on SFO-bound flight, KGO TV, May 8, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) â€” There are new details emerging about the unruly passenger restrained who began pounding on the cockpit door during a San Francisco-bound flight Sunday night. The FBI says 28-year-old Rageh Al-Murisi is from Vallejo and was carrying a passport from Yemen.
Andrew Wai was on board American Airlines Flight 1561. He got a better look at 28-year-old Al-Murisi than most and says the man had been acting a little strange, even before accounts of him storming the cockpit door.
â€?Seemed to me this passenger in the back row was just a little bit fidgety, didnâ€™t look like he was sure what he was doing, that kind of thing,â€? Wai said.
A police spokesperson says shortly before landing at San Francisco International Airport, Al-Murisi rushed the cockpit.
â€?The flight attendant asked the passenger to return to his seat, when he refused, the flight attendant put his hands on him and physically pulled him away from the door,â€? Sgt. Michael Rodriguez said.
Police say it took two flight attendants and two passengers to subdue Al-Murisi and place him in plastic handcuffs.
â€?There were abrasions caused during the scuffle with the passenger; he was taken to San Mateo County Hospital for treatment of abrasions to his chin and elbow,â€? Rodriguez said.
Wai says Al-Murisiâ€™s outburst panicked many passengers.
â€?Passengers all around me were crying, the flight attendants were trying to calm certain passengers, we were looking at our lives flashing before our eyes,â€? Wai said.
Al-Murisiâ€™s family in Vallejo is very surprised about the incident. His cousin told ABC7 Al-Murisi is not a violent person and he is not an extremist and he is not even that religious. Al-Murisi was living in New York, but was moving back to Vallejo.
â€?Whatever he was trying to do, it wasnâ€™t a terrorist attack, he wasnâ€™t trying to harm anybody,â€? Rageh Al-Murisi, who shares the same name as his cousin, said. â€?Under the stress he may not have understood what they were telling him. Iâ€™m thinking they may have mistreated him in a certain way and he went to complain to someone, I donâ€™t know what he was thinking.â€?
Al-Murisi had lived in Vallejo for about a year; his cousin says he even tried to learn English at the Vallejo Adult School. He later left for New York, looking for work.
â€?He was here at first trying to find work. He couldnâ€™t find work then his brother told him to come to New York and work with him,â€? Al-Murisiâ€™s cousin said.
But when his brother returned to Yemen, Al-Murisi decided to give Vallejo another chance. He was flying back Sunday night after a layover in Chicago.
â€?Weâ€™re trying our best to figure out whatâ€™s going on; thatâ€™s all we can do, but weâ€™re going to be here for him 100 percent, heâ€™s going to need us,â€? Al-Murisiâ€™s cousin said.
ABC7 aviation consultant Ron Wilson says there was virtually no chance that Al-Murisi could have broken through. Unlike older style doors, since Sept. 11, cockpits have become bullet and people-proofed from the cabin.
â€?Itâ€™s a solid panel door, no glass, heavy hinges, double locks,â€? Wilson said.
The 160 passengers onboard Flight 1561 were grateful for it.
â€?When I saw him later in the terminal he was stone-faced, not a lot of emotion on his face,â€? Wai said.
Al-Murisi will appear in a San Francisco federal courtroom Tuesday morning. According to his cousin, Al-Murisi has a wife and a young daughter all still in Yemen.