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Stealth fighters escort Hawaii-bound flight after in-flight disturbance

21 May 2017, 07:11 | Cedric Leonard

Stealth fighters escort Hawaii-bound flight after in-flight disturbance

Federal agents met the plane from Los Angeles when it landed in Honolulu and took the man into custody

"Due to a disturbance during the flight, the crew requested that law enforcement meet the aircraft upon landing in Honolulu", American Airlines said in a statement. Federal agents met the plane from Los Angeles when it landed in Honolulu and took the man into custody.

Passengers and crew then subdued the man, took him to the back of the plane and duct-taped him to a seat.

The incident also prompted Pacific Command to dispatch a pair of F-22 fighter jets to intercept the passenger plane. A flight attendant said the laptop might belong to Uskanil, who was in the plane bathroom at the time.

Uskanli leaves the secure area of Terminal 5 and goes through TSA security at Terminal 4, the terminal with his gate for American Airlines Flight 31.

Airport police investigated and determined Uskanil had been drinking but did not meet the criteria for public intoxication.

"The F-22s escorted the airliner to the airport in accordance with homeland defense procedures".

He was later escorted off the flight by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Flight 31 from Los Angeles landed safely at 11:35 a.m. local time, according to American Airlines.


Lorenzen and his wife Penny Lorenzen, of Orange County, California, who were sitting in first class, said they saw a "really serious look" on the flight attendant's face, who obstructed Uskanil from reaching the cockpit and said "You are not coming in here".

"When the Airbus A321 was in the air, the man allegedly tried to break through the cockpit door, throwing himself up against a beverage cart as he tried to force his way into the first class cabin".

Bob Ross, president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, on Saturday said the attendants intervened to "defuse a high-risk situation".

She recalled the crew member saying, "I need help, I need help, I need to get this guy back to his seat".

He said the man was pushing against the cart, trying to get through. He was spotted by a contractor and later arrested by Los Angeles Airport Police officials for misdemeanor trespassing, cited and released. He was restrained with duct tape for the rest of the flight. The statement said the DHS would "continue to monitor all flights out of an abundance of caution" and "provide updates as necessary".

According to HawaiiNewsNow, the man was Turkish and had earlier breached security at Los Angeles International Airport but "was assessed and allowed to board" the flight anyway.

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



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