An unidentified man caused a disturbance on a WestJet flight from Toronto to Edmonton early Wednesday.
According to several eyewitness accounts, the man wore a backpack for the duration of the flight, spent three hours praying, called people on the plane unbelievers and asked them to kill him as he wandered back and forth in the aisle.
The man was eventually restrained by passengers and held at the back of the plane after the frightened flight crew asked for help controlling him before the plane landed in Edmonton.
The media is reporting the motive for the man’s behaviour is unclear. Really?
It’s been over 24 hours and we haven’t heard the name of this martyrdom seeking, backpack-wearing, praying man. None of the articles published in the Star, CBC, CTV and Global News identified the man by name or gave a physical description beyond “large” and 20 years old. Why don’t we know about his complexion? His face? His hair?
The types of prayer or the language he was reciting them in (for three full hours) haven’t been published in any news articles yet. Why not? We know if it had been the Rosary, the media would be camped out on the Archbishop’s doorstep.
WestJet passenger, Steven Kelly who helped restrain the otherwise unidentified large 20 year old, accidentally blew up the media’s “unknown motive narrative” in an interview with CTV News when he said someone heard the man say “Allah” a few times.
This singular and pivotal fact has not made it into any of the published news accounts. Is the motive still unclear? Was it ever?