Passengers on an American Airlines flight to Honolulu say a man detained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation had exhibited odd behavior before the flight even left Los Angeles Los Angeles Airport Police identified the man as 25-year-old Anil Uskanil, who arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing at Los Angeles International Airport. A Turkish national, identified as 25-year-old Anil Uskanil, wrapped a blanket or towel on his head and tried to rush the cockpit of American Airlines Flight 31.
Forburger, sitting in an aisle seat at the front of economy class, said other passengers helped the flight attendant get the passenger back toward the back of the plane.
Two U.S. stealth fighter jets escorted a Honolulu-bound American Airlines aircraft on Friday after a man caused a disturbance aboard. The man was carrying a laptop and reportedly tried the cockpit door before he was subdued.
"She jammed the cart in that the doorway and she just said, 'You're not coming in here, '" Lee Lorenzen said. Basden returned it to the man when he came out.
Police at Los Angeles International Airport said the suspect had been detained at LAX after breaching a secure area of the airport.
A passenger aboard an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii was arrested after trying to break down the cockpit door. They say he was spotted by a contractor and detained until police officers arrived. "Local law enforcement responded once the civilian airliner was on the ground", said Commander Dave Benham, without elaborating on the nature of the disturbance or name of the airline.
Flight 31 from Los Angeles landed safely at 11:35 a.m. local time, according to American Airlines. He was arrested for misdemeanor trespassing, cited, given a pending court date and released to board his flight to Honolulu.
"At this time, there are no other reports of disruptions to flights", the statement read.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was briefed on the midair disturbance, according to a statement from the department.
Further details were not immediately available.
Video from KGMB/KHNL showed two law enforcement officers escorting a person with hands behind their back off the plane. "We were greeted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation". Uskanil was a ticketed passenger on an American Airlines flight, and had gone through TSA screening.