Turkey: Man detained on United States plane just wanted 1st class seat


Two military fighter jets rushed to escort an American Airlines flight bound for Honolulu Friday, after a man tried to break into the plane's cockpit.

The man was on board AA Flight 31, which departed from Los Angeles International Airport at 8:34 a.m. local time.

It was later learned that the passenger was also detained at Los Angeles worldwide Airport earlier in the day for a separate incident in which he breached a "crew only" door leading to the airfield.

The FBI subdued the passenger after he was lunging toward the cockpit door with a laptop during the flight, NBC Nightly News reported via Twitter on Friday, citing the Transportation Security Administration.

He was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanour trespassing and given a date to appear in court.

As the man, who has since been identified as Turkish National Anil Tuvanc Uskanli, approached the rear of the first class cabin where the drink cart was situated, the cabin crew asked him to return to his seat. Officials did not release additional details about the man's possible motives, but they are continuing to investigate the incident.

"It took seconds", Lee Lorenzen, a passenger on board the flight, told Hawaii News Now.

Flight passenger Penny Lorenzen said that the man was grabbed and duct-taped into his seat, according to Hawaii News Now She described the incident as "kind of surreal".

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Uskanil having a laptop with him may have caused more concern than usual, with USA and European officials in recent weeks exchanging threats about aviation believed to include bombs hidden in laptop computers.

A mysterious passenger on a Los Angeles-to-Honolulu plane was in custody Saturday after passengers and an off-duty cop fought him to the floor as he allegedly tried to enter the aircraft cockpit during flight.

They have also released a statement saying: "Due to a disturbance during the flight, the crew requested that law enforcement meet the aircraft upon landing in Honolulu.American is in touch with federal law enforcement".

In a statement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed that a disturbance occurred on the flight.

There were no reports of injuries on the flight.

The Los Angeles Airport Police Division confirms Uskanil was previously detained early Friday morning at LAX.

An unruly man who had to be duct taped to his seat after on a flight escorted by two US fighter jets is arrested.

A passenger aboard an American Airlines plane has been detained for causing in-flight disturbance, police said. "Local law enforcement responded once the civilian airliner was on the ground", said command spokesman Dave Benham said.