Was he trying to join the jihad in Libya? Or was he actually planning to fly the plane into some landmark? Or is he actually a Kazakh Methodist driven by Christian extremism, and this has nothing to do with jihad at all? Time will tell — or at least it will if the mainstream media allows enough information about this to dribble out. “Man overpowered trying to hijack Alitalia flight,” from Reuters, April 24 (thanks to D.C. Watson):
ROME (Reuters) — A man with a knife tried to hijack an Alitalia flight from Paris to Rome Sunday night, demanding it be flown to Libya, but was quickly overpowered and arrested when the plane landed, officials and witnesses said.
Witnesses said the man put a small knife to the throat of a female flight attendant and held her for a few minutes.
“The man grabbed the stewardess from behind her back and pointed the knife. She was in difficulty and tried to turn around,” a passenger named Sofia told reporters….
Italian media said police had identified the man as a 48-year-old citizen of Kazakhstan who worked in Paris.
A statement from Alitalia airlines said the man had “assaulted a flight attendant and asked that the plane be taken to Tripoli.”…