The flight attendants just were really heroic, Lorenzen said.
Lee and Penny Lorenzen of Orange County, California, were sitting in first class and saw a odd look on the flight attendant's face. The attendant then took off down the aisle with her cart to block the passenger from advancing, saying: "You're not coming in here".
American Airlines says there were 191 passengers and 6 crew members on the plane, which landed around 11:30 a.m. The passenger was restrained by fellow fliers, including an off-duty Honolulu police officer. Officials did not release additional details about the man's possible motives, but they are continuing to investigate the incident. By the time we landed and the Federal Bureau of Investigation took him into custody, he was very mellow..
Federal agents escort the man off the plane.
"At this early stage, the FBI will not speculate about the nature of this event", according to bureau statement that went on to add "the FBI is unaware of any other threats aboard American Airlines flights or other aircraft".
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was briefed on the midair disturbance, according to a statement from the department.
The flight crew requested law enforcement officers meet the plane upon landing. The Department of Homeland Security is continuing to monitor all flights "out of an abundance of caution", it said.
A passenger on the Honolulu-bound flight told NBC News that the man who caused the disturbance was sitting in one of the last rows in the back of the plane.
There were 181 passengers and six crew members aboard the plane which departed LAX at 8.34am, American Airlines spokeswoman Katie Cody said.
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