Man accused of in-flight disturbance acquitted

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Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has acquitted by reason of insanity a 30-year-old Florida man who raised a ruckus aboard a Southwest Airlines flight last fall.

Ali Reza Shahsavari of Indialantic, Fla., disrupted the Los Angeles-to-Kansas City, Mo., flight in October and prompted the flight crew to make an unscheduled landing in Amarillo.

The Amarillo Globe-News (http://bit.ly/HYifwe) reports U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson ruled in Amarillo on Monday after Shahsavari testified that, shortly before the flight, he had stopped taking a drug he had been taking for six years to treat his schizophrenia. He said he couldn't dispute the allegations, but he said he didn't remember the activities.

Shasavari will now receive treatment under federal supervision. Robinson says she will determine later if he's a public menace.

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