United Flight Leaving Dulles Turns Around After Passenger Runs Up Aisle Yelling 'Jihad, Jihad' (VIDEO)
"He ran forward towards the cockpit, and he is being restrained by passengers," one of the pilots said.
Dulles, Virginia —A United Airlines flight made a U-turn in the sky after a passenger ran toward the cockpit screaming "jihad, jihad," according to a government official with direct knowledge of the incident.Man's cellphone video captures the hold down 'til police arrive on the plane-
There is nothing, so far, in the man's background to suggest he has a connection to terrorists, the government source said. His mental state at the time is unknown, and no weapons were found after he was subdued.
Still, his words are alarming, coming at a time when the United States and its allies have been targeted by Islamist extremist groups like ISIS, and with memories of the September 11, 2001, hijackings of four U.S. commercial airliners still etched in many Americans' minds.
The incident started shortly after United Flight 1074 took off around 10:15 p.m. Monday from Dulles International Airport in suburban Washington.
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