Man accused of in-flight disturbance declared competent in Amarillo

Ali Reza Shahsavari

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - A Florida man accused of interfering with a flight crew aboard a Southwest Airlines flight last fall has been ruled competent to stand trial.

Court documents filed Thursday state that Ali Reza Shahsavari "has a factual and rational understanding of the charges and proceedings against him" and "has sufficient present mental capacity" to assist his attorney.

An indictment says Shahsavari of Indialantic, Fla., became disruptive during a flight from Los Angeles to Kansas City, Mo., in October and intimidated crew members by screaming profanities and damaging a lavatory.

The flight made an emergency landing in Amarillo and Shahsavari was taken into custody.

Thursday's ruling came a few hours after U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinsion in Amarillo held a hearing on the matter.

No trial date has been set.

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