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December 08, 2005

American Airlines Passenger Had Bipolar Disorder

Rigoberto Alpizar, the man who was shot by a federal air marshal on an American Airlines flight yesterday after claiming to have a bomb, is said by his wife to have had bipolar disorder.

Several supporters of the air marshal program praised the marshals' actions, but the shooting is likely to raise questions about the expanded presence of guns aboard commercial airplanes in recent years, as well as the marshals' training -- in particular, with people who appear to be mentally unstable. Moments before he was shot, Alpizar's wife said he was bipolar. (Washington Post)

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