Of course. I mean, who doesn’t shout “Allahu akbar” while on the way to the airplane bathroom, and pound on the cockpit door when finding the bathroom occupied? It happens every day. Relax. I thought it was a search for pretzels, but this makes much more sense. “‘Maybe he was looking for the bathroom’: Family defends Yemeni passenger who stormed cockpit, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ as plane came in to land at San Francisco,” by Daniel Bates for the Daily Mail, May 10:
The Yemeni man who was wrestled to the floor after pounding on the cockpit door of a plane approaching San Francisco may have mistaken it for the bathroom.
Rageit Almurisi cannot speak English very well and could have misunderstood the signs inside the jet, his cousin claimed.
The maths teacher, who was heard yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he allegedly battered the door, had also only been on three planes in his life and would have been unfamiliar with the layout.
His family also claimed that Almurisi, 28, suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and could also have reacted badly when an air stewardess told him to sit down.
His painful joint condition meant he had to take regular walks on flights, they claimed. “˜I would not be having that,” his cousin Rageh Almoraissi said.
“˜If a flight attendant has the nerve to grab me and try to force me to my seat, believe me, you would hear about other people having injuries.”
Almurisi sparked panic when he started yelling and banging on the cockpit door on American Airlines Flight 1561 from Chicago, just ten minutes before it was due to land on Sunday night, according to police.
But the suspect’s cousin, Rageh, 29, said he was a university educated, easygoing person who had arrived in Northern California a year-and-a-half ago from Yemen in search of a better life.
He told the Bay Citizen newspaper he probably overreacted when he was told to sit down.
“˜There’s a lot of things I’m guessing, you know, I’m just trying to figure it out,” said Rageh. “˜I know he wasn’t trying to harm anyone. I know that for sure. He’s not a terrorist. He’s a nice guy.”…
No doubt he is a decent fellow.