A group of passengers aboard a United Airlines flight bound for Denver tackled and subdued a man who was allegedly rushing the cockpit, yelling about jihad. The plane was forced to return to its departure point at Dulles International Airport in DC, because a passenger “failed to comply with crew instructions,” according to United Airlines statement.
CNN reports that the man, who has since been arrested, was indeed yelling about jihad, but there is nothing in his background to suggest he has a connection to terrorist groups.
Reddit user iLL_D posted the footage below of the apparent terrorist after being subdued online, saying that his father “was on the plane and took this picture… He was screaming and sprinting towards the cockpit. Several large passengers tackled him before he even reached the door.”
Another passenger, Donna Tillam, told ABC News:
One held his feet and the other one kind of laid on top of him and then the flight attendants went and got some plastic restraints for his arms. At one point when his head was down he said there were jihadists in the cargo hold and he did say jihad a couple times.
Tillam also texted her husband through the incident, telling him that the man made it to the area just outside the cockpit, where the flight attendants sit, before three men tackled him. He was saying there were “jihadists” on the plane while the men who took him down were saying to “take off his shoes, check for bombs.”