American Airlines passenger detained after in-flight disturbance

American Airlines passenger detained after in-flight disturbance

American Airlines passenger detained after in-flight disturbance

- A passenger on American Airlines Flight 31 from LAX to Honolulu caused some kind of disturbance and then tried to access the plane's cockpit on Friday morning.

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

He had been drinking and moved toward the cockpit during the flight, a law enforcement source told the Los Angeles Times, adding that they believe it is the case of an unruly passenger.

A spokesperson for the airline confirmed to HuffPost that crew members on American Airlines Flight 31, which departed from Los Angeles, requested law enforcement to meet the aircraft at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport "due to a disturbance". "Uskanil was arrested for misdemeanor trespassing, cited, given a pending court date and released from custody".

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Passenger Grant Arakelian said, "He was very quiet, moving very sluggish".

As the suspect approached the drink cart at the rear of first class, the flight attendant in economy told him, "Sir, please stop". He was restrained with duct tape for the rest of the flight. Deeds says there's little chance of breaching the cockpit and the door stays locked no matter what.

Fellow passengers told TheDCNF's Barton that the suspect had been pacing in a unusual 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.

In this photo provided by Donna Basden, a man is escorted off an American Airlines flight after it landed in Honolulu, Friday, May 19, 2017. The man attempted to use a door off-limits to the public after 3 a.m. PT (6 a.m. ET) while waiting for his flight.

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"We were greeted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation", the passenger added.

The Department of Homeland Security was briefed on the incident.

U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) scrambled two F-22 Raptors from the Hawaii Air National Guard "in response to a reported disturbance" on the flight and escorted the plane to the airport, Dave Benham, spokesman for PACOM, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. "DHS is prepared to assist other federal and local law enforcement agencies as they investigate the incident", DHS said.

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