Monday, July 4, 2016

#FlyingWhileMuslim: Muslim passenger jailed for shouting 'Allahu Akbar' and 'boom' as plane was coming in to land

Shehraz Sarwar
(Daily Mail) A plane passenger who left holidaymakers in tears when he chanted 'Allahu Akbar' and 'boom' on a turbulent Birmingham-bound flight has been jailed for 10 weeks.

Shehraz Sarwar caused mass panic when he began shouting as the Emirates Boeing 777 from Dubai hit rough skies on its descent.

The 38-year-old, of Saltley, was jailed after admitting using threatening words and behaviour.

Birmingham Crown Court heard some of the 347 passengers were left in tears after becoming frightened by his shouting during a turbulence-hit landing on February 1 this year.

Mr Alex Warren, prosecuting, said Sarwar had caused difficulties from the start of the flight, twice refusing to put his seat belt on during take-off and throwing food around the cabin.

He said: 'There was terrible turbulence during the flight and some passengers were very frightened.

'The defendant started chanting Allahu Akbar over and over again and very loudly. People were getting very distressed with his behaviour.

'When the plane finally landed, he shouted 'boom'.

'It left some passengers in tears while one man angrily confronted the defendant before being told to sit down by cabin staff.

'Police were then called and the defendant was arrested.'