A Muslim man known as Shehraz Sarwar boarded a Emirates flight that went from Dubai to Birmingham when he decided it would be a good idea to create a disturbance on board. The 38-year old was arrested and jailed for over ten weeks in Birmingham crown court for his behavior.
The prosecutor Patrick Sullivan said the man was being difficult from the start of the flight when he refused to put on his seat belt and threw food all over the inside the cabin.
“The behavior before these words was obnoxious. He fell asleep for about three-quarters of the flight and when he woke up he threw a towel back at a member of staff who had offered him one. He threw a scone behind him, although it did not land on anyone, and he was also hitting his head with his hand. People were distressed and upset by his behavior.” he said.
He went on,
“In a statement, one of the passengers said the plane had hit strong turbulence as they were descending. He said that he was happy to have survived the landing but feared, after hearing Sarwar, that he was going to be the victim of a terrorist bomb and that his ‘heart skipped a beat.’”
The mans defense attorney simply said his clients behavior was a result of medication he took. The turbulence apparently made it worse.
“One of the cabin crew, with 14 years’ experience, said it was the worst landing she had ever experienced. Mr Sarwar was scared during the flight. He prayed, chanting Allahu Akbar, which translates as ‘God is great’. When the plane landed he shouted boom. It was a very foolish thing to do and he can’t explain it any other way.”
The Judge was smart and saw right past his excuse.
“Set in the context of the current political situation, chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ over and over again while on a plane had a frightening effect on some of the passengers and reduced some to tears. You misbehaved and you were arrogant on board.”
What kind of idiot thinks that chanting Arabic phrases during a time of increasing political strife due to radical Islamic terrorism wouldn’t be frightening. That is a special kind of stupid.