Man accused of disrupting flight pleads not guilty
DENVER, Colorado – A man accused of disrupting an airline flight and prompting the military to tail the plane with two jets has pleaded not guilty in Denver federal court to interfering with a flight crew.
Muhammad Abu Tahir is accused of drinking five mini-bottles of wine, locking himself in a lavatory to shave and then becoming unruly when he was asked to return to his seat.
Tahir appeared in court Tuesday.
The incident occurred on an AirTran Airways flight from Atlanta to San Francisco on Jan. 8. The plane was diverted to Colorado Springs, Colo., where Tahir was arrested.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command sent two jets to follow the plane as a precaution.
The 47-year-old Tahir lives in Glen Allen, Va. He is free on bond but is barred from drinking alcohol and flying on airplanes.
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