Man Accused Of In-Flight Disturbance Competent

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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  • David

    So whats the difference between him and the American Airlines Stewardess who caused a disturbance and even bit another Stewardess? Could it be that American Airlines doesn’t want to have to explain to the world how they hired a nut job?

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  • Kathy


    • Andy

      OH come on Kath , YOU knew what he meant so dont be i pain in the rear. The difference in a “STEWARDESS” and a “Flight Attendant” is about 6 inches and thats it .

  • Andy

    Well if he was a flight attendant then it would be ok and no charges would be filed,

  • susan

    flight crews are trained to handle passengers like this since 9/11..they carry plastic handcuffs and there are air marshalls who travel on most flights these days to assist with any problems in the air..also, passengers nowadays take it upon themselves to get into the fray and hold down or subdue unruly fellow passengers..the instance of the flight attendant at american was very unusual,but they were not in the air, and passengers, as well as someo off duty crew helped out..i will bet youaa was not aware she was on medication for a bipolar disorder,,they are not screened for such illnesses..

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