United Airlines passengers stop man yelling ‘Jihad’ from entering cockpit

Alert passengers on board a United Airlines flight averted a potentially hijacking situation.

By: Press Trust of India | Washington | Updated: March 17, 2015 6:06 pm
United-Airlines Alert passengers on board a United Airlines flight averted a potentially hijacking situation. (Source: Wikipedia)

Alert passengers on board a United Airlines flight averted a potentially dangerous situation when they subdued a young co-passenger started yelling “Jihad! Jihad!” and appeared to threaten a hijacking.

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United Flight 1074 bound for Denver returned to Dulles International Airport outside Washington, DC last night after passengers pounced on a man who had yelled “Jihad! Jihad!”, according to comments posted on Reddit.

The flight returned to Dulles at around 10:40 pm after a”disturbance onboard,” New York Daily News quoted Kimberly Gibbs, a spokeswoman for Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority as saying. Gibbs said she did not know what happened on the flight.

The Boeing 737 was carrying 33 passengers and 6 crew. Law enforcement personnel met the aircraft at the gate and detained the passenger and took him to a hospital for evaluation, Gibbs said.

Videos posted to Reddit showed a young man with facial cuts who had been subdued by several passengers after witnesses said he had made a run for the plane’s cockpit. A video posted on YouTube shows the passenger being
subdued and crying, “I’m sorry”, as a voice tells him not to move.preparing to take off again for Denver International Airport.

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  1. S
    Mar 17, 2015 at 9:06 pm
    Anger levels are high against terrorists in USA and this man is lucky an air marshal did not shoot him dead. There is a lot of ex servicemen among penegers on planes in US and they are tough. Make no mistake. India and Indians could learn from these outstanding and brave pengers to defend themselves and Indian carriers against hijackers.