Unruly Southwest passenger faces court in Texas

October 25, 2011 6:11:57 AM PDT
A Florida man accused of disrupting a Southwest Airlines flight with his alleged hysterical behavior is scheduled for arraignment in Texas.

Ali Reza Shahsavari faced a court appearance Tuesday in Amarillo on a charge of interfering with a flight crew. Investigators say he prompted the crew of the Los Angeles-to-Kansas City, Mo., flight to make an emergency landing in Amarillo on Oct. 18.

The indictment says the 29-year-old Indialantic, Fla., man became disruptive and intimidated crew members by screaming profanities and damaging a lavatory.

Attorney Jeff Blackburn says Shahsavari had a nervous breakdown while en route to Florida for mental health treatment, calling it "a tragic case of a poor young guy who is mentally ill."