VIDEO FOOTAGE: Did Alert Passengers Just Stop This Man Shouting ‘JIHAD’ Charging the Cockpit From Causing Airline Disaster?

VIDEO FOOTAGE: Did Alert Passengers Just Stop This Man Shouting ‘JIHAD’ Charging the Cockpit From Causing Airline Disaster?

What would you do if you were on a plane and a man rushed the cockpit screaming’jihad’? For one group of heroic passengers, there was no question: they tackled the man and possibly prevented a terrorist attack.

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Investigators say that, shortly after takeoff, a passenger jumped out of his seat and charged toward the cockpit of United Flight 1074. And what the man shouted as he rushed forward added to the fear that a possible terrorist might be about to hijack or take down the plane.

CNN reports that authorities are still investigating the incident and haven’t officially released many details. However, the network quotes an unnamed source who confirms what several passengers have recounted:

“… a passenger ran toward the cockpit screaming ‘jihad, jihad,’ according to a government official with direct knowledge of the incident.”

Alert, quick-thinking passengers among the 33 on board the aircraft tackled and subdued the agitated man who, according to pilots, was “acting violently.” It’s not known whether one of those individuals who pinned the man may have been an air marshal.

Other passengers caught the frightening action in photos as well as on a video purportedly showing the subdued man crying and yelling as he frantically apologized, his face apparently bloodied and pressed to the floor of the plane.

The man didn’t have any weapons on him, so it’s not clear what his intentions were. But regardless, the passengers didn’t know that he was not armed, so their actions are certainly not any less heroic.

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