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Passenger reportedly tried to break into cockpit on American Airlines flight

20 May 2017, 03:03 | Laverne Osborne

Air passenger detained in Honolulu after trying to break into cockpit

Disturbance on LA-to-Hawaii flight brings FBI, fighter jets

"Crazy! Someone tried to break into the cockpit on my flight from LA to Honolulu".

Passengers Mark and Donna Basden of Albuquerque, New Mexico, sat down in their first-class seats, and Mark found a laptop in the seat pocket.

Two eyewitnesses say the man did not make it to the cockpit door.

Basden returned it to the man when he came out. He had a laptop with him and appeared to try the cockpit door before he was subdued, the source said.

As the suspect approached the drink cart at the rear of first class, the flight attendant in economy told him, "Sir, please stop".

Passenger video posted to Instagram shows him being taken into custody by federal agents when the plane landed.and then guided out in handcuffs. The FBI says it is interviewing him.

According to The Associated Press, Los Angeles Airport Police said Uskanil had opened the door in an airport terminal around 2:45 a.m. Friday.

Police at Los Angeles International Airport said the suspect had been detained at LAX after breaching a secure area of the airport. A contractor spotted him and detained him until authorities arrived.

Later, police at Los Angeles airport confirmed that he had arrested and left the suspicious man free before his flight due to his behavior.


“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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