A Jordanian man traveling on a US passport on a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Belgrade “cried out that he wished to join Allah along with all the passengers.”
Apparently he was demanding access to the cockpit:
Passengers quoted by Belgrade media said he banged on a cockpit door threatening to bring down the plane while it was flying over Austria if he was not allowed inside.
When that didn’t work he insisted he wanted to open the plane’s outer door.
“A passenger got up and tried to do something at the door, but was stopped by crew members and other passengers,” said airline spokesman Andreas Bartels.
…”It was a normal door, which of course cannot be opened in-flight… it was not the cockpit door,” he said. “The safety of the flight was not jeopardised and the flight landed safely in Belgrade”.
The man was overpowered by flight crew and the Serbian handball team who guarded him until the flight landed in Belgrade. He was then turned over to authorities.
“Airbus A319 Lufthansa D-AILE” by Kasevutzki. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
Here’s the thing. With reinforced cockpit doors, you can’t just huff and puff and blow the door down. And without a weapon you’re really not well-positioned to take down the crew or force anyone to do much of anything. You’re outnumbered.
In fact this incident apparently occurred while the plane was over Austria and yet was sufficiently non-threatening that they didn’t even bother to divert. They just continued on to their destination. In fact, “most of the passengers were unaware of the events happening in the front of the plane.” The flight even landed on time.
Terrorism of course attempts to create fear, and here passengers who were on the plane didn’t even know about the incident. This would-be terrorist didn’t even cause Lufthansa to waste resources or delay passengers.