What was it like aboard the jet airliners that slammed into the twin towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania 15 years ago today? Passengers aboard a flight from London to Venice on Aug. 23 got a small taste of the horror experienced by those aboard those ill-fated flights.
The Daily Mail reports that an illegal immigrant to the UK who had been ordered deported screamed “Allahu Akbar” 29 times, “death is coming” 17 times, and “death is coming” 9 during the two-hour flight.
There was no actual threat of harm to passengers inasmuch as the man was handcuffed and escorted by officials from the Home Office, Britain’s answer to the Department of Homeland Security. His antics nevertheless threw a palpable scare into other passengers and especially children, who were reduced to tears.
At the same time, there was no official explanation from the captain or crew as the man kicked, thrashed about, and threatened others present in an expletive-laced tirade. In fact, the crew likely fueled passengers’ anxiety by instructing them to delete any videos or pictures of the man they had taken on their mobile phones.
One passenger sitting several seats away from the “terrorist” preserve an 11-minute audio recording, which follows.
The article hotes that this is the first time a deportee has been reported as disrupting a flight in Europe.