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Flight attendants kept cool during tirade | Amarillo Globe-News

October 20, 2011
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The flight attendant kept close watch over Ali Reza Shahsavari from a seat behind him as the jetliner raced toward Amarillo.

“Flight attendants aren’t on airplanes to serve drinks and peanuts,” Steve Elson, a former member of a Federal Aviation Administration team tasked with testing airport security, said Wednesday.

“They are actually there for safety and security. They are trained in how to deal with unruly people.”

Southwest Airlines Flight 3683, flying from Los Angeles to Kansas City, Mo., made an emergency landing Tuesday afternoon at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport after Shahsavari, 29, of Indialantic, Fla., began shouting obscenities from the rear of the plane, authorities said. Flight attendants calmed Shahsavari and turned him over to police after the plane reached Amarillo Gate 7 at about 3:30 p.m.

He still was being held Wednesday evening at the Randall County jail on federal charges of interfering with a flight crew. No one was hurt.

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