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The ruling came after prosecutors showed a search of Alani's phone revealed a graphic ISIS execution video, which Alani sent to someone with a message encouraging violence against non-Muslims. (WPLG)
A co-worker also told government officials that Alani had once said his brother was a member of ISIS and that he traveled to Iraq in March to visit him.
Alani's roommate, however, told authorities the trip was not to visit his brother, but had been because his brother had been kidnapped, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said photos on his phone from his trip to Baghdad and Mosul show him smiling and posing with relatives and said he did not appear to be in distress in any of the images.
The judge said the evidence presented to her suggests that Alani may be at least sympathetic to terrorists, although his attorney said Alani is not on any terror watch lists.
Reports previously said Alani attempted to sabotage the flight over stalled union negotiations.
Alani emphatically denies that he intended to harm the aircraft or its passengers.