Unruly Southwest Passengers Gets Day in Texas Court

Man accused of screaming profanities and damaging lavatory

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011  |  Updated 9:04 AM CDT
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Unruly Southwest Passengers Gets Day in Texas Court

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A Florida man accused of disrupting a Southwest Airlines flight with his alleged hysterical behavior is scheduled for arraignment in Texas.

Ali Reza Shahsavari faced a court appearance Tuesday in Amarillo on a charge of interfering with a flight crew. Investigators say he prompted the crew of the Los Angeles-to-Kansas City, Mo., flight to make an emergency landing in Amarillo on Oct. 18.

The indictment says the 29-year-old Indialantic, Fla., man became disruptive and intimidated crew members by screaming profanities and damaging a lavatory.

Attorney Jeff Blackburn says Shahsavari had a nervous breakdown while en route to Florida for mental health treatment, calling it "a tragic case of a poor young guy who is mentally ill."

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