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The TSA, For Your Inconvenience

Who says the TSA molests everybody who falls into their clutches? From Fox 8 News in Cleveland comes this heartwarming tale of an “unruly” Arab who boarded a plane in Chicago, headed for Germany, and of course was waved right through security. The plane got as far as Cleveland:  

The unruly passenger that caused United Airlines flight 944 headed from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany to make an unscheduled stop in Cleveland was arrested Monday.

Stephen D. Anthony, the special agent in charge of the Cleveland Division of the FBI, and Chief Michael McGrath with the Cleveland Police Department announced Saleh Ali S. Alramakh, 21, was arrested after he repeatedly disobeyed orders from flight attendants Friday and his behavior eventually escalated to shoving, kicking and spitting.

Who is Mr. Alramakh and where is he from? Why, he’s a “student” from Saudi Arabia, of course — one with a distinct fascination for airplane rest rooms:

The trouble allegedly began when Alramakh, of Akron, went into the restroom and used an electronic device during taxi in Chicago.

Flight attendants asked that he immediately turn off the device and return to his seat.

At first Alramakh refused, but eventually complied.

Right after take off Alramakh returned to the restroom to use his electronic device once again despite the fact that passengers were required to remain seated with seat belts fastened.

When Alramakh refused to cooperate with fight attendants’ requests that he return to his seat, the attendants unlocked and opened the door.

Alramakh became verbally abusive, investigators said, then returned to his seat.

But before long, Alramakh exited his seat for a third time and confronted a flight attendant in what was described as a ‘belligerent, confrontational manner.’

Those darn cultural differences! Assisted by at least one passenger, the flight crew eventually hog-tied him and duct-taped his mouth shut. You can see a picture and read another report here.

Gotta love that “from Akron” bit — just another fun-loving Buckeye, kicking up his heels in the loo.

As Glenn Reynolds observes (discussing Jeffrey Goldberg’s Bloomberg piece about TSA ineptitude in re Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, a Nigerian “student” who managed to board a transcontinental flight using an expired boarding pass issued to someone else), “Abolish the TSA. Tell passengers, ‘If someone tries to hijack the plane, beat the crap out of him.’ We’d be better off.”

But no. It’s far preferable to treat 300 million American citizens as presumed criminals. After all, our “values” demand it.

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