Odds & Ends: Man Tries to Break into Southwest Cockpit, Woman Sues Continental Over Turbulence

Southwest Flight Diverted After Man Tries to Break Into Cockpit

A Southwest flight from Los Angeles to Kansas City was forced to land in Amarillo, Texas, after a passenger allegedly tried to enter the cockpit during the Tuesday flight.

Passengers on Flight 3683 said Ali Reza Shahsauri, 29, began screaming obscenities on the flight and then made a commotion in the bathroom.

A flight attendant was able to calm Shahsauri down and soon after, the plane made an emergency landing at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport.

Shahsauri was arrested and charged with interference of a flight crew.

No one on board was injured and the flight later continued on to Kansas City.

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Woman sues Continental over turbulence

A Texas woman is suing Continental Airlines, amongst others, for a bumpy ride she took in 2009.

Colleen O’Neal boarded a flight from College Station, Texas, to Houston when tornadoes and thunderstorms were in the area.  The lawsuit alleges the plane “fell repeatedly, and felt as if it had lost power and was falling out of the sky.” O’Neal thought she was going to die.

After the ordeal, O’Neal says she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and now fears flying.

To add to that, she claims she wanted to work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and because said job would require flying, she’s unable to accept a job with the agency.

Since the ticket was purchased from Continental, she’s suing them. As well as United Airlines, who bought Continental in 2010. She’s also suing Colgan Air, who operated the aircraft, and Pinnacle Airlines, who owns the aircraft.

She’s suing for physical and mental anguish, the cost of the medical bills and the cost of the lawsuit. And because she couldn’t take the job with FEMA, she’s suing for money she never had the chance to make.

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Published: October 20, 2011