When ‘Allahu Akbar’ Means ‘I Have a Bathroom Emergency!’

“Yesterday, on a flight from Chicago to San Francisco, a man was subdued by the plane’s passengers after he charged up the airplane’s aisle yelling “Allahu Akbar!” and began pounding on the cockpit door.

However, in the original AP article on the story, AP’s writers helpfully informed its readers, “Authorities do not yet have a motive.”

Further on in the article, in the 13th paragraph, AP attempted to shed some light on the man’s intentions by quoting a relative of the man who helpfully suggested, “He might have seriously mistaken the cockpit for the bathroom…. He’s only been on three planes in his whole life.”

In paragraph 15 and 16, AP ‘s writers remember to explain that the man was yelling “God is great!” or “Allahu Akbar!” as he charged up the aisle.

Clearly, this was a ‘bathroom emergency’ of some immediate urgency.

Thank goodness for the Associated Press and its fearless reporting!”


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