NEW YORK (AP) – The travel agent who sold a plane ticket to a New York man authorities have charged with seeking to join the Islamic State group in Syria says he appeared to be a “regular American teenager.”
Bahri Caliskan said Wednesday a bearded Akhror Saidakhmetov booked a $571 roundtrip ticket to Turkey on Feb. 19.
Federal agents arrested the 19-year-old Brooklyn man at Kennedy International Airport. Prosecutors have charged him and two other men with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization.
His attorney has called him a “young, innocent kid.”
Caliskan says he’s still shaking after learning of Saidakhmetov’s arrest. He says Saidakhmetov didn’t appear nervous and just asked for the cheapest ticket.