Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Hawaii-bound passengers noticed unruly man before take-off


Once he had been freed they said he was able to go home or get on a flight.

Basden returned it to the man when he came out.

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. The airline also says that he had bought his ticket for the Honolulu flight shortly after midnight at the airport ticket counter. "He was trying to approach the cabin, like where the captain is".

The suspect was met by authorities when the Airbus 321 landed in Honolulu.

Several passengers subdued him, and he was arrested on the ground by Federal Bureau of Investigation. At 2:45 a.m. Friday LAX Police received a call that a man had gone through a door in Terminal 5 that leads to the airfield ramp. He was spotted by a contractor and detained.

Officials say Uskanil had been drinking but was not drunk enough to meet the criteria for public intoxication under the law. Uskanil was arrested for misdemeanor trespassing, cited, given a pending court date, then released from custody.

"The flight attendants just were really heroic", Mr Lorenzen said.

Lee and Penny Lorenzen of Orange County were sitting in first class and saw a unusual 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". Some eyewitnesses told ABC News that he tried to push his way through first class to the bathrooms, but was blocked by the beverage cart and a passenger.

Jaren Yang, the passenger, said no one was injured and noted that he and other passengers were not aware of a disturbance until the pilot announced a security threat 20 minutes before landing.

Passengers, including an off duty police officer helps subdue the man, using duct tape to secure him to his seat for the remainder of the flight. Someone tried to break into the cockpit on my flight from LA to Honolulu.

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The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.

According to travellers, the man attempted to break into the cockpit mid-flight. "He was pushing against the cart and a bunch of guys grabbed him".

American Airlines initially told the Daily News that there had been a "disturbance during the flight". The flight departed from Los Angeles International Airport at 8:34 a.m. local time.

'The aircraft is now on the ground, and the individual who disrupted the flight has been detained.

The man was aboard American Airlines Flight 31.

Video from KGMB/KHNL showed two law enforcement officers escorting a person with hands behind their back off the plane.

Further details were not immediately available.

There are no other reports of disruptions, but the department said it is monitoring all flights Friday out of caution.

Flight 31 from Los Angeles landed safely at 11:35 a.m. local time, according to American Airlines. The plane involved was cleared of passengers and was being checked by an explosive operations detection unit, the newspaper said.

An American Airlines passenger was duct-taped to his seat by fellow passengers after allegedly heading towards the cockpit of his flight, according to reports.

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