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Unruly Airline Passenger Who Mentioned Bin Laden Appears In Court

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Provided Photo/ Yazeed Mohammed Abunayyan

Cicely C. Mitchell

An airline passenger booted off a Continental flight, who made mention of Osama bin Laden and a hatred of women appeared in court Wednesday afternoon.

Yazeed Mohammed Abunayyan, 19, was charged with one count of interfering with a flight crew.

Abunayyan appeared in court Wednesday afternoon to hear the charges and was assigned an interpreter who translated the proceedings into Arabic.

Abunayyan was on board the Continental flight that was bound for Houston this week.

The airline incident reportedly stemmed from Abunayyan, who was on board Continental Flight 1118, from Portland International Airport, being asked to put away his electronic cigarette. He reportedly refused and an argument erupted on the plane.

Shortly after takeoff, Yazeed Mohammed Abunayyan began using an electronic cigarette, a device that is subject to the same rules and regulations as that of a regular nicotine cigarette.

Flight attendants asked Abunayyan to put the electronic cigarette away and he refused. A confrontation ensued between him and flight attendant as well as fellow passengers.

Authorities say that once Abunayyan was detained, the flight returned to Portland without further incident.

Reports surfaced of two Middle Eastern men yelling and a group of men huddling over Abunayyan.

Continental Airlines does not allow any cigarettes on board, including electronic or smokeless ones.

Attorney for Abunayyan, Phil Lewis did not immediately enter a plea as he cited that he and his client needed more meeting time.

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