A Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Kansas City was forced to divert to Amarillo, Texas, on Tuesday after a passenger was reportedly screaming obscenities in the cabin.
Ali Reza Shahsavari, 29, of Indialantic, Fla., was arrested and charged with interfering with a flight crew, said Patrick Rhodes, Amarillo's aviation director. He was booked into the Randall County Jail in Canyon, where he awaited an appearance before a magistrate.
Flight 3683 was en route from Los Angeles to Kansas City when Shahsavari reportedly began making a disturbance. The Transportation Security Administration told NBC News that man was screaming.
Rhodes told the Amarillo Globe-News that the flight crew asked for emergency clearance to land around 3:30 p.m. CDT. Despite earlier reports that the man was attempting to break into the cockpit, Rhodes said that the passenger "was being disruptive and unruly on the flight, but he was not specifically trying to break into the cockpit.”
Passenger Doug Oerding told the Amarillo Globe-News that the man started screaming obscenities at other passengers during the flight. “All of us guys were looking at him like are we going to have to do something,” Oerding said.
Southwest spokesperson Ashley Dillon told NBC News that the plane was carrying 136 passengers.
After a delay of just over an hour, the Southwest flight continued on to Kansas City.
The suspect's father, Mohammad Shahsavari, said that he understood his son was well, but he did not know what led to the incident.
"I don't know what to say," he told The Associated Press from his Indialantic, Fla., home.
The FBI said initial indications were that the incident did not appear to be terrorism related. The passenger's identity was not immediately released.
"The FBI continues to investigate, but initial indications are that there was no terrorist intent. This guy is a U.S. citizen," said FBI Special Agent Mark White in Dallas.
Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.
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