Marshal: Flight suspect tried to open cockpit door

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Posted: May 10, 2011 9:00 AM
Marshal: Flight suspect tried to open cockpit door

A federal air marshal says a man who was arrested after causing a disturbance on a San Francisco-bound American Airlines flight twice tried to open the cockpit door, the second time after a crew member told him that the restroom was to his left.

In a court affidavit filed on Monday, Paul Howard says Rageh Al-Murisi (rah-GAY al-moor-EE'-see) then made eye contact with the crew member, lowered his shoulder and rammed the door. He says the crew member got between Al-Murisi and the door, but Al-Murisi kept yelling and pushing forward in an attempt to open it.

The 28-year-old Murisi was subdued and taken into custody after the flight landed safely at San Francisco International Airport.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday on a charge of interfering with flight crew.