The unruly passenger that caused United Airlines flight 944 headed from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany to make an unscheduled stop in Cleveland was arrested Monday.
Stephen D. Anthony, the special agent in charge of the Cleveland Division of the FBI, and Chief Michael McGrath with the Cleveland Police Department announced Saleh Ali S. Alramakh, 21, was arrested after he repeatedly disobeyed orders from flight attendants Friday and his behavior eventually escalated to shoving, kicking and spitting.
The trouble allegedly began when Alramakh, of Akron, went into the restroom and used an electronic device during taxi in Chicago.
Flight attendants asked that he immediately turn off the device and return to his seat.
At first Alramakh refused, but eventually complied.
Right after take off Alramakh returned to the restroom to use his electronic device once again despite the fact that passengers were required to remain seated with seat belts fastened.
When Alramakh refused to cooperate with fight attendants' requests that he return to his seat, the attendants unlocked and opened the door.
Alramakh became verbally abusive, investigators said, then returned to his seat.
But before long, Alramakh exited his seat for a third time and confronted a flight attendant in what was described as a 'belligerent, confrontational manner.'
He was accused of speaking in a loud voice and using profanity while standing just inches from the flight attendant's face.
Alramakh was asked to step back, but instead he allegedly shoved the flight attendant backward.
At least one passenger intervened and helped the flight crew restrain him as he tried to kick and spit on anyone nearby.
So, tell me again how the intrusive scanning and gate rapes are helping keep the skies safe?