$1M bond for unruly passenger who forced an international flight - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

$1M bond for unruly passenger who forced an international flight to divert to Cleveland

The unruly passenger who caused an international flight to have an emergency landing at Hopkins went before a judge Tuesday morning.

Bond was set at $1M dollars for 21-year-old Saleh Alramakh. The Akron man faces seven counts of aggravated menacing.

On Friday, a flight attendant pushing the beverage cart says Alramakh started yelling and swearing. He also made several trips to the bathroom, and stayed inside for long periods of time. Flight attendants considered taping the bathroom door shut so he couldn't go back inside.

In the end, passengers tied Alramakh up and taped his mouth with duct tape. 

"Kind of just ran up to me and grabbed me, literally, by the shirt and said you need to come with me now," said passenger Joseph Shulfer. "And I ran back there to see that there were basically three guys wrestling on top of the guy who I later learned had been inside the restroom for, like, 20, 30 minutes and he wouldn't come out. So we duct taped his mouth shut. He was able to get that off himself and almost choked by swallowing the duct tape." 

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