A terror scare was sparked on a Birmingham-bound flight after a passenger shouted “Allahu Akbar” and “Boom”.Shehraz Sarwar, 38, caused widespread panic with his ‘obnoxious’ behaviour as the Emirates Boeing 777 from Dubai started landing procedures in February last year. Some of the 347 passengers were left shaken and in tears after the terrifying outbursts.
Sarwar, from the Saltley of Birmingham, had reportedly caused trouble from the start of the flight. He refused to put on his seatbelt when asked by cabin crew and threw food and towels around the plane before shouting the phrases, associated with terror attacks, as the plane approached the runway at Birmingham Airport.
Prosecuting Sarwar in Birmingham Crown Court, Patrick Sullivan QC said: “The behaviour before these words was obnoxious … People were distressed and upset by his behaviour … One of the passengers … feared, after hearing Sarwar, that he was going to be the victim of a terrorist bomb and that his ‘heart skipped a beat.”
Sarwar pleaded guilty to using threatening words and behaviour during the flight. Judge Simon Drew QC warned him that all sentencing options were open, before adjourning the sentence until July 1 for a report to be prepared.