The Detroit News: Witnesses: Man taken off Detroit-bound flight shouted anti-Semitic slurs
An airline passenger in Miami proclaimed, "I want to kill all the Jews," before police forced him off a Detroit-bound plane, authorities said today.
Mansor Mohammad Asad, 43, of Toledo, Ohio, was arrested Wednesday night, according to a Miami-Dade Police Department statement. Asad was charged with threats against a public servant, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer without violence.
FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said there were no indications the disturbance was related to terrorism. The bureau was initially brought in to look into the incident but is no longer involved in the investigation. She said the FBI is treating the disruption as a matter for local authorities.
The disturbance forced a taxiing Northwest Airlines flight to turn around at Miami International Airport, according to a news release. Witnesses told investigators who boarded the plane that Asad was loud, disruptive and claimed to be Palestinian.
Officers didn't find any weapons or explosives on Asad, who was reportedly agitated and aggressive at times, according to an arrest affidavit. Authorities used a stun gun to subdue Asad on the jet bridge after he charged at an officer with fists clenched. He also chanted in a foreign language and threatened officers during a search.
"I'm not afraid of you cops. I've gotten in fights with cops in Ohio and broke their arms in three places," he said, according to the affidavit. "I've broken skulls, too!"
The affidavit noted that alcohol didn't appear to be a factor during the incident.
The Transportation Security Administration says three of Asad's companions were also taken off the plane and questioned. The plane departed after a search.
Asad was transported to a Miami-Dade County jail after his arrest, according to the affidavit. A telephone number for county corrections rang unanswered early this morning, and his records could not immediately be located online.
Yet another incident involving Muslim males, Northwest Airlines and Detroit as a destination. Whether this was merely some loudmouth or a dry run to see how officials would react is hard to tell, and this cluster of activities certainly bears watching and investigation.
Alcohol may not have been a factor as noted in the report, but in the immortal words of Mark Steyn something else was, something that begins with an I and ends with a SLAM.