Two months have passed and I still cannot figure out what exactly what happened onboard an Aegean Airlines flight from Pairs to Athens in which a passenger clearly became enraged and allegedly made threats including “destroying” flight attendants and blowing up the plane.
Agitated Passenger On Aegean Threatens Cabin Crew And Entire Aircraft
In early July, it was widely reported that a “Muslim” man “holding the Quran” proceeded to warn that he would “slaughter flight attendants” onboard his Aegean Airways Airbus A321. He also threatened to “blow up the plane” shortly after it took off from Paris. Earlier, other passengers witnessed him singing during boarding. then he began spitting at passengers. Then he started screaming.
Flight attendants tried to calm him down, but it was at that point he threatened to slaughter them if they touched him.
The plane continued onto Athens where the man was arrested upon landing. Passengers stood sentry to ensure he did not stand up for the remainder of the flight.
Now we are in September and it still is not clear to me who this man is, what he has been charged with, and what exactly he did onboard.
A video shows him yelling in French, but he is not holding a Quran.
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I find it potentially odd that he was “singing” onboard if a devout Muslim, since many more devout Muslims view singing as haram (forbidden).
So frankly I’m not sure what to think. Could it be he was just drunk? What would prompt this?
Finally, please save your “religion of peace” jokes for other places. Just like we should not throw out Christianity because some deeply disturbed people murder in the name of Christ, here too we cannot generalize this man with every Muslim out there.
We don’t have to shy from what may be a religious aspect to his outrage: some have speculated he became angry when no halal food was available onboard or because Aegean flight attendants wear uniforms that expose their shoulders. If either is true, his religion does become germane to the discussion if that worldview informed his outrage.
But I’m more curious about what exactly he said in French in the video above and if anyone knows what brought this about.
A man purportedly threatened flight attendants and other passengers aboard an Aegean Airlines flight to Athens. However, it remains unclear what set this man off…and he appears so angry I’d really like to know why.