I have an update about the unruly WestJet passenger that no one in the media wanted to name or even vaguely describe.
On August 31, a passenger aboard a WestJet flight from Toronto to Edmonton spent three hours praying, calling the other passengers “non believers”, asking them to kill him, trying to get off the aircraft mid flight and finally pacing up and down the aisle with his backpack on. The flight crew and passengers finally had to restrain him until the plane landed in Edmonton.
The media said his motive was unknown. No media reports mentioned the passenger's name or details of physical appearance. None described the prayers he spent three hours praying. They called him “large” and 20 years old.
One passenger, Steven Kelley, told CTV News others had heard the martyrdom seeking man say “Allah”. But that didn't make it into published media reports.
Motive still unclear? How about now that we know his name?
It’s Yusuf Hassan.
Hassan has been charged with mischief, endangering the safety or security of an aircraft and failure to comply with a flight crew.
We finally know the passenger's name eight full days later. Any mention of praying has all but disappeared from the mainstream media reports. Convenient. But there is a narrative to protect.
And a mental illness excuse to polish up. Just wait.
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