Man blocked from reaching cockpit

The man is said to have been waiting near the bathroom when a flight attendant requested he take his seat. Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents came aboard and took the passenger from the plane after landing.

American Airlines Flight 31, an Airbus A321 from Los Angeles to Honolulu, landed safety at 11:35 a.m. HST.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) police said separately that Uskanil had been detained, questioned and released hours earlier after he was caught by security there going through a terminal concourse door leading out to the airfield.

Airport police investigated and determined Uskanil had been drinking but did not meet the criteria for public intoxication. He was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing, given a date to appear in court and allowed to take the flight to Honolulu. Then, passengers forced him back to his seat. The Albuquerque, New Mexico, couple assumed it was from the previous flight. They said 25-year-old Uskanil, a ticketed passenger who had gone through TSA screening, was allegedly spotted by an alert contractor and detained.

Then a "disheveled looking fellow" walked out, Donna Basden said.

Mark Basden handed the man the laptop, telling him it had been in his seat.

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). The Basdens say everything was fine until midway through the flight.

"Due to a disturbance during the flight, the crew requested that law enforcement meet the aircraft upon landing in Honolulu", the American said in a emailed statement.

"She jammed the cart in that the doorway and she just said, 'You're not coming in here, '" Lee Lorenzen said.

He said the man was pushing against the cart, trying to get through.

Lorenzen says other passengers grabbed the man. They found some duct tape.

Officials identified the passenger as Anil Uskanil of Turkish ethinicity. Laptops have been banned on a handful of global flights, and could soon be outlawed on far more.

As Uskanil was subdued, the cockpit called for help. US Pacific Command confirmed that an F-22 fighter aircraft stationed at Hickam AFB was sent to escort the American Airlines airliner to Honolulu.



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