Unruly Saudi Man Arrested for Diverting Plane to Cleveland

By Allan Lengel

And now for more news from the friendly skies.

A 21-year-old Saudi  Arabia man is facing charges for interfering with United Flight 944 from Chicago to Germany.

Fox News reports that the FBI said that the unruly behavior of  Saleh Ali S. Alramakh, aka Saleh Ali S. Alramakh, 21, of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,  forced the flight to make an unscheduled landing at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport about 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The FBI alleged that Alramakh was in the bathroom and started to use an electronic device while the plane was taxiing in Chicago. He refused to turn it off and immediately return to his seat, but eventually did, Fox reported.

At one point, he got up a third time and confronted a flight attendant in a belligerent manner, the FBI alleged.

“Alramakh was speaking in a loud tone of voice, using profanity, with his face inches from the flight attendant’s face. The flight attendant asked Alramakh to step back multiple times, but instead Alramakh shoved the flight attendant backwards against the aircraft,” the FBI said in a news release, according to Fox.

Eventually, at least one passenger jumped in to help the crew restrain the man, who was kicking and spitting, the station reported.

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