Update, 7/12/11, It's now revealed the man is a 21 year old 'student' from an Arab country named Saleh Ali S. Alramakh. He is finally under arrest.
CBS News Chicago Video: "The man spoke with a heavy foreign accent," and was seen to have a foreign passport. Authorities "aren't commenting." (these items at end of report)
The violent man has not been arrested or even charged with a crime.
7/9/11, "Chicago-To-Germany Flight Diverted Because Of Unruly Passenger," CBS Local Chicago
"Shulfer says he heard from United that the man had a boarding pass but
7/10/11, "Passenger bound and gagged and flight diverted after violent clash on United Airlines plan," UK Daily Mail, R. Quigley
"A passenger on a United Airlines flight had to be tied up and gagged and the flight diverted after he
- refused to come out of the bathroom and then
- turned violent when confronted by staff.
The United Airlines flight 944 to Frankfurt, Germany, from Chicago was diverted to Cleveland on Friday night after the flight attendant found that the large man had been in the bathroom for almost 30 minutes and refused to come out.
When he eventually did he started screaming at the flight attendants and put one in a headlock before wrestling him to the ground.
That is when some of the passengers on board were asked to help.
Joe Shulfer, of Woodstock, told Newsradio 780: 'The flight attendant just ran up to me and literally grabbed me by the shirt and said, "You need to come with me now".'
By then three men were already wrestling with him and they managed to handcuff him and tie up his feet. Then he
- started spitting and swearing.
Mr Shulfer said: 'So we duct-taped his mouth shut. He was able to get that off himself. He almost choked himself by swallowing the duct tape.
'Then they secured a surgical mask over his face just to get him to kind of shut up and stop spitting all over everybody.'The pilot then announced that he was diverting the flight to Cleveland.
Passenger Ron Anfuso who helped restrain the passenger told CBS: 'When he left they noticed in the bathroom wires hanging from the ceiling and the mirror had been moved. We wondered if he was a would-be terrorist.'
It is not known if the man was supposed to be on the plane or not
- but he has not been arrested .
Bomb sniffing dogs were brought in but turned up nothing unusual. The plane was eventually allowed to fly back to Chicago and
via Lucianne.com. Photo above of violent passenger bound and gagged for the protection of others on the plane. His face was blurred because he has been charged with no crime. CBS photo