A man who had been arrested at LAX airport early Friday morning was later subdued after causing a "disturbance" that alarmed flight attendants and an off-duty LAPD officer on an American Airlines flight to Honolulu.
The nature of the fracas was not immediately disclosed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the military or American Airlines, but local news media reported a passenger had tried to force his way into the cockpit of Honolulu-bound Flight 31 from Los Angeles.
About halfway through the flight, the passenger, identified as 25-year-old Turkish national Anil Uskanil, was headed towards the front of the plane. Though KTLA reports Uskanil did not resist the other passengers taking him back to the seat, the passengers and flight crew duct-taped him to his seat, where he stayed for the remainder of the flight.
Uskanli was taken into custody after the plane, escorted by two fighter jets, landed in Honolulu.
An Instagram user also uploaded a video of the incident, writing that "someone tried to break into the cockpit on my flight from LA to Honolulu". Authorities have not elaborated on what the arrested passenger's motives may have been.
Eyewitnesses say a flight attendant used an airplane drink cart to block a man from reaching the front of the jet.
"It was all kind of surreal", said Penny Lorenzen, a passenger on the flight told HNN.
"It took seconds", a passenger said, adding "He was pushing against the cart and a bunch of guys grabbed him. Local law enforcement responded once the civilian airliner was on the ground", command spokesman Dave Benham reportedly said.
"But he had the laptop in his hands, and once they subdued him the laptop was sitting there", she said. The officers determined Uskanil was under the influence of alcohol but didn't meet the criteria to be cited for public intoxication.
Conflicting reports claimed Uskanli fought with crew, kicked a service cart, and was duct taped in his seat.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed both knowledge of the disturbance and Uskanil's detainment through a written statement.
They say Uskanil was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing and was given a date to appear in court.
She said the crew requested law enforcement meet the plane upon landing because of a "passenger disturbance".
After the disturbance on the flight, pilots and other flight attendants called for help.
The US Department of Homeland Security acknowledged in a statement that the suspect was in custody and the department will continue to monitor all flights and provide updates as necessary.
American Airlines Flight 31, an Airbus A321 from Los Angeles to Honolulu, landed safety at 11:35 a.m. HST.