Face Behind The Name: Meet Rageh Ahmed Mohammed Al-Murisi, Alleged Cockpit Bum-Rusher
Meet Rageh Ahmed Mohammed Al-Murisi.
The Yemeni immigrant, 26, was arrested last month for allegedly trying to force open the locked cockpit door of an American Airlines Boeing 737 as it neared San Francisco International Airport. Witnesses reported that Al-Murisi repeatedly yelled "Allahu Akbar," or “God is great” in Arabic,” as he moved toward the front of the aircraft.
Al-Murisi, previously unseen, is pictured here in a United States Marshals Service photo provided in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Flying from Chicago, Al-Murisi--who was traveling without any luggage--tried to ram his way into the cockpit “right before a critical part of the flight," said prosecutor Elise Becker, who described the defendant as “a significant threat.”
Charged with interfering with a flight crew, a felony, Al-Murisi is being held without bail.