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Man Accused Of In-Flight Disturbance Competent

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AMARILLO (AP) -- A Florida man accused of interfering with a flight crew aboard a Southwest Airlines flight last fall has been ruled competent to stand trial.

Court documents filed Thursday state that Ali Reza Shahsavari “has a factual and rational understanding of the charges and proceedings against him” and “has sufficient present mental capacity” to assist his attorney.

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An indictment says Shahsavari, of Indialantic, Fla., became disruptive during a flight from Los Angeles to Kansas City, Mo., in October and intimidated crew members by screaming profanities and damaging a lavatory.

The flight made an emergency landing in Amarillo and Shahsavari was taken into custody.

Thursday’s ruling came a few hours after U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson in Amarillo held a hearing on the matter.

No trial date has been set.

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