Flight disruption: American Airlines passenger detained after trying to enter cockpit on flight to Hawaii, officials say

An American Airlines passenger was held in Honololu on Friday, after he tried to get into the cockpit during the flight, but was subdued by a member of the crew and other passengers, the officials said.

American Airlines Flight 31, Airbus A321 from Los Angeles to Honolulu, landed safety at 11:35 pm, accompanied by Hawaii Air National Guard scrambled combat aircraft.

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press the man as to face the federal charges after he “tried to breach the cockpit door on American Airlines Flight 31.

The Los Angeles Airport Police Division confirmed the man had been previously arrested early Friday morning at LAX.

In a statement police said:

“This morning at approximately 2:45 pm, officers with the Los Angeles International Airport Police Division responded to a radio call of a passenger goes through a door of the Terminal 5 of the pier that led to the airport ramp. The man, 25 years old, Anil Uskanil, was immediately spotted by a contractor and held. Uskanil was a fare-paying passenger on an American Airlines flight, and had gone through TSA screening. The airport Police investigated and determined Uskanil had drunk, but do not meet the criteria for drunk in public. A Police K-9 searched and cleared the area. Uskanil was arrested for misdemeanor trespassing, cited, given in anticipation of a court date and released.”

John Foley told KHON2 his sister, Emily, was on board.

“She was a year or four seats in front of the man,” Foley said. “She said that she was pretty scared that they were on the airplane with someone who is a possible threat, but she is just happy that they were able to get him out quickly.”

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.

There were 181 passengers and six crew members on board the aircraft of American Airlines spokeswoman Katie, ” said Cody.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was informed about the incident, according to a statement from the ministry. There are no other reports of failures, but the department said it is monitoring all flights to and Friday of caution.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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