People Went Crazy on Airplanes Yesterday

An American Airlines plane takes off at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Irving, Texas, U.S., on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. American Airlines parent AMR Corp. posted a smaller first-quarter loss than analysts estimated and trimmed planned growth as rising prices pushed fuel to its biggest expense. Photographer: Matt Nager/Bloomberg via Getty Images Photo: Bloomberg/2011 Bloomberg

Apparently yesterday's acts of in flight insanity weren't limited to the crazed man who tried to open the front door of a Continental plane while it was still in the air. Travelers aboard an American Airlines flight from Chicago to San Francisco were terrified when a man started pounding on the cockpit door and screaming unintelligibly. Flight attendants and passengers wrestled him to the ground, handcuffing him as the plane landed. The suspect, Rageit Almurisi, a 28-year-old Yemeni national, faces federal charges of interfering with a flight crew.

A note with the word "bomb" found in the bathroom of a Delta Airlines flight rounded out the trifecta of lunacy. That plane had to be diverted to Albuquerque, but no explosives were found. We know it's been a nutty week or so, but now that everyone has gotten that out of their system, let's go back to not freaking out our fellow passengers, shall we?

Passenger pounding on cockpit on American Airlines flight subdued; third mid-air meltdown in one day [NYDN]
Earlier: Continental Passengers Subdue Crazed Man Who Tries to Open Door Mid-Flight