According to sources, Uskanil breached security at Los Angeles International Airport through drunken behavior, but was assessed and allowed to board AA Flight 31. He was given a date to appear in court and released for his flight to Honolulu. According to Bloomberg, the passenger set the laptop down next to the cockpit door.
Her husband was among those who got up to try to stop the man.
Basden returned it to the man when he came out. Basden says the man scowled at him, opened and closed the laptop computer and then sat in a different seat.
The Basdens say everything was fine until midway through the flight.
Authorities said Uskanil was taken into custody - and is being held at the Honolulu Federal Detention Center.
A passenger aboard the flight posted an Instagram video that showed someone being escorted down the plane's aisle in handcuffs, being directed by a person wearing an Federal Bureau of Investigation windbreaker, along with other people wearing sidearms, the Honolulu Advertiser reported. He was spotted by a contractor and detained.
Lorenzen and his wife Penny Lorenzen, of Orange County, California, were sitting in first class and saw a "really serious look" on the flight attendant's face.
"She jammed the cart in that the doorway and she just said, 'You're not coming in here, '" Lee Lorenzen said. Some eyewitnesses told ABC News that he tried to push his way through first class to the bathrooms, but was blocked by the beverage cart and a passenger.
"It took seconds", a passenger said, adding "He was pushing against the cart and a bunch of guys grabbed him".
The man, identified as Anil Tuvanc Uskanli - a Turkish national born in 1991- was subdued by crew members and passengers, including an off-duty Los Angeles police officer.
"Crazy! Someone tried to break into the cockpit on my flight from LA to Honolulu", the Instagram user wrote. Associated Press writers Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles and Audrey McAvoy in Honolulu contributed to the story, and AP Airlines Writer David Koenig contributed from Dallas. He refused to comply when a flight attendant asked him to return to his seat, and then seemed to lunge at the cockpit door. The fear was that he was trying to get into the cockpit.
American Airlines aircraft sit on the tarmac at LaGuardia airport in NY. The man attempted to use a door off-limits to the public after 3 a.m. PT (6 a.m. ET) while waiting for his flight.
A person who caused a disturbance on a flight between Los Angeles and Honolulu has been detained.
The flight crew requested law enforcement officers meet the plane upon landing.
Further details were not immediately available.
"At this time, there are no other reports of disruptions to flights", the department tweeted.
The flight landed safely and was met by law enforcement on the tarmac when it landed in Honolulu in the late morning.