USA military jets escort civilian plane into Honolulu airport

Honolulu International Airport

Two F22 Raptor fighter jets were deployed from the Hawaiian Air National Guard to escort a Honolulu-bound American Airlines flight after a passenger caused a disturbance onboard the flight.

American Airlines confirmed in a statement that law enforcement officers board American Airlines Flight 31 due to a "passenger disturbance".

A few hours into that flight, passengers told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the man was successfully subdued by a flight attendant and passengers as he was trying to rush into the first-class, to approach the cabin.

LAX police identified the man as Anil Uskanil, CBS News' Kris Van Cleave reports.

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. When the flight landed in Honolulu, he was arrested and escorted off of the plane for questioning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Airport Police investigated and determined Uskanil had been drinking but did not meet the criteria for drunk in public. The airline also says that he had bought his ticket for the Honolulu flight shortly after midnight at the airport ticket counter.

"Crazy! Someone tried to break into the cockpit on my flight from LA to Honolulu", one Instagram user wrote.

Uskanil having a laptop with him may have caused more concern than usual, with US and European officials in recent weeks exchanging threats about aviation believed to include bombs hidden in laptop computers.

"She jammed the cart in that the doorway and she just said, 'You're not coming in here, '" Lee Lorenzen said. Halting of all ground movements on the airfield as the flight came in caused a 30-minute backlog, the Department of Transportation said in a statement.

A total of 181 passengers and six crew members were on board, according to the airline.

Lorenzen said the man tried with all his force to push against the cart. He was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing, given a date to appear in court and allowed to take the flight to Honolulu. They found some duct tape. The flight originated from Los Angeles International Airport.

The Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly reportedly told lawmakers Friday that the ban on laptops and other electronics on Middle Eastern flights could be extended to the well as Europe, CNN reports.

Law enforcement officials initially told Hawaii News Now that the suspect had tried to enter the cockpit.



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