The U.S. military on Friday scrambled two Air Force fighter jets to escort an American Airlines flight into Honolulu International Airport after a disturbance involving a Turkish passenger aboard the plane was reported, officials said.
Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) operations at Honolulu International Airport have returned to normal following an in-flight incident aboard an American Airlines flight from LAX to HNL Friday (May 19). A flight attendant told him to sit down, and he was reportedly subdued when he attempted to open the cockpit door, according to ABC News' TSA source. He refused to comply when a flight attendant asked him to return to his seat, and then seemed to lunge at the cockpit door.
A passenger on the flight posted a short video on Instagram of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents leading the suspect off the plane in handcuffs.
Several passengers subdued him, and he was arrested on the ground by Federal Bureau of Investigation.
American Airlines aircraft are parked at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, U.S., August 8, 2016.
The Department of Homeland Security was briefed on the incident. "American is in touch with federal law enforcement". "(He) was arrested for misdemeanour trespassing, cited, given a pending court date and released from custody". From what I could see, they reacted quickly.
She also says the passenger who created the disturbance never stepped foot into the first-class area.
"We continue to monitor all flights out of an abundance of caution", the statement read in part. A flight attendant had blocked the doorway with her serving cart. "Local law enforcement responded once the civilian airliner was on the ground", said command spokesman Dave Benham said.
Lorenzen says other passengers grabbed the man.
Passengers, including an off duty police officer helps subdue the man, using duct tape to secure him to his seat for the remainder of the flight.
Police say officers determined Uskanil had been drinking but didn't meet the criteria to be arrested for being drunk in public.
"There is so much training now that it's unlikely that someone can get up to the cockpit door and try to enter it without being noticed", he said. US Pacific Command confirmed that an F-22 fighter aircraft stationed at Hickam AFB was sent to escort the American Airlines airliner to Honolulu.