A Kuwait Airways flight was disrupted before take-off when a passenger ‘screamed in a threatening manner, causing slight panic’, according to the airline.
Flight 561 was preparing for take-off with 230 passengers on-board on Saturday before a traveller carrying a Jordanian passport said to a steward: “We must liberate Palestine and eliminate infidels.”
The passenger was taken to airport security for questioning.
“This caused a disturbance among the passengers on the plane requiring security personnel to deal with the offender," an airline spokesperson said. "We ran a re-inspection check on all passenger luggage while summoning airport security as an extra cautionary measure.”
Kuwait’s interior ministry said in a statement: “Security preparedness may entail taking precautionary measures at the airport, such as asking passengers to deplane and re-inspecting luggage and the aircraft.”
“The passenger is a Palestinian with a Jordanian passport and he was born in Bethlehem in 1983,” a security source told the daily. “He was not a resident of Kuwait and was on transit from Pakistan to Jordan. As the passengers were boarding, the traveller asked a steward ‘Are you a Muslim? We must liberate Palestine and eliminate infidels’.
The steward informed the pilot and the passenger was ordered off the aircraft, along with his 12 pieces of luggage, the source added.
Source: Arabian Business