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20 May 2017, 02:23 | Kelvin Horton
Two U.S. fighter jets were summoned Friday to escort a flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii after an unruly man was subdued by passengers and flight attendants, who had to use a drink cart to block him from the front of the plane.
Federal authorities were preparing a criminal complaint to charge Turkish national Anil Uskanil, 25, with interference with a flight crew, Federal Bureau of Investigation special-agent-in charge Paul Delacourt said at a Honolulu news conference.
But Forburger said the cart was already in the way as the flight attendants were picking up dishes from first-class passengers who had just finished lunch.
American Airlines said its Honolulu-bound flight, an Airbus A321, was carrying 181 passengers and six crew members.
Los Angeles International Airport Police Division responded to a radio call of a passenger going through a door from the Terminal 5 concourse that led out onto the airfield ramp, according to a statement from LAX.
Los Angeles airport police spokesman Rob Pedregon said Uskanil was a ticketed American Airlines passenger with a boarding pass who had cleared security screening but claimed that he lost his way because he was tipsy from drinking. He was given a date to appear in court and released for his flight to Honolulu.
American Airlines says there were 191 passengers and 6 crew members on the plane, which landed around 11:30 a.m. They found some duct tape.
Fellow passengers told TheDCNF's Barton that the suspect had been pacing in a odd way before the flight left Los Angeles, and upon boarding the plane had sat in the front row of first class, before being told to move further back. The plane was escorted by two F-22 fighter jets for the duration of the flight following the disturbance, U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement.
The Department of Homeland Security was briefed on the incident. The man attempted to use a door off limits to the public in the middle of the night while waiting for his flight.
Law enforcement officers were requested to meet a plane that landed Friday in Honolulu because of a passenger disturbance. "We were greeted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation". "DHS is prepared to assist other federal and local law enforcement agencies as they investigate the incident", DHS said.
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