These acts of jihad-related activity of one kind or another are daily now and so commonplace that few even remark on it. And even then, usually one or all of these three things are repeated: we are reminded what a wonderful ideology this is, we are admonished over the possibility of "anti-Muslim backlash" (despite the lack of it), and told that the voices of the counter jihad movement are racist-islamophobic-anti-Muslim-bigots.
Passenger Nauman Rizvi told Pakistan's GEO TV that two men who had tried to move toward the cockpit during the flight were handcuffed and arrested once the plane landed. Mr Rizvi said that after the men were taken away, the flight crew told passengers there had been a terrorist threat and that the pilot had raised an alarm. The pilot, concerned about a disruptive passenger who had started shouting,
"UK scrambles jet to escort Pakistani International Airlines plane; two men arrested" Courier Mail, May 24, 2013 (thanks to Lookmann)
TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft after a plane carrying more than 300 people from Pakistan to Britain was diverted from its original course, officials said.
The incident further rattled the UK just days after a British soldier was brutally killed on a London street in a suspected terror attack.
A British security official said the situation involving the Pakistan International Airlines flight did not appear to be related to terrorism, but that police were still investigating. He requested anonymity because he was not authorised to discuss the investigation.
A fighter jet was scrambled to divert Flight P709 - which was supposed to travel from Lahore to Manchester - to Britain's Stansted Airport, where it was kept on an isolated runway. Essex Police said two suspect, ages 30 and 41, were taken to a police station for questioning.
Passenger Nauman Rizvi told Pakistan's GEO TV that two men who had tried to move toward the cockpit during the flight were handcuffed and arrested once the plane landed. Mr Rizvi said that after the men were taken away, the flight crew told passengers there had been a terrorist threat and that the pilot had raised an alarm.
PIA spokesman Mashood Tajwar said the airline had been unable to contact the pilot of the flight despite repeated attempts. He said 297 passengers and 11 crew members were on the plane. Mr Tajwar added that the control tower at Manchester airport received a call about a threat aboard the plane and the tower advised the pilot to divert to Stansted.
Britain's Defence Ministry confirmed that a Typhoon jet was launched to investigate an incident involving a civilian aircraft but declined to give further details.
By late afternoon Friday, the passengers had disembarked from the plane and were being interviewed, according to Mark Davison, a spokesman for Stansted Airport.