Unruly man heading for American Airlines cockpit subdued, duct-taped to seat

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Lorenzen and his wife Penny Lorenzen, of Orange County, California, who were sitting in first class, said they saw a "really serious look" on the flight attendant's face, who obstructed Uskanil from reaching the cockpit and said "You are not coming in here".

However, passengers, with the help of other flights attendants, restrained the guy and duct-taped him until the end of the flight. No explosives were found on the airplane and the cockpit was not breached, Delacourt said.

The passenger drew the attention of authorities at Los Angeles International Airport before the flight left because he appeared to be intoxicated, the official said.

Airport police spokesman Rob Pedregon said Saturday that Anil Uskanli opened the door and walked up to a contractor early Friday to ask where he could get some food.

"Airport police investigated and determined Uskanil had been drinking but did not meet the criteria for drunk in public", according to the statement.

Uskanil was then allowed to board his flight, after he was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor trespassing, given a court date and released from police custody. Pacific time, almost three hours before the first flights of the day, he would have had ample time to get through security again and catch a plane to Hawaii as scheduled.

A flight attendant ran down the aisle with a beverage cart, using it to block Uskanil from the front of the plane. "She was tasked with keeping him out of there, and she did a great job", Lee Lorenzen told the news outlet.

Passenger Allison Forberger, an eyewitness who lives in Kapolei, Hawaii, was seated right behind first class.

He said the man was pushing against the cart, trying to get through. They found some duct tape. When the aircraft landed, federal agents boarded the plane and took Uskanil into custody. They escorted the commercial plane to ground. The flight landed at 11:35 a.m.in Honolulu. There were no other reports of disruptions, but the department said it monitored all flights Friday as a precautionary measure.

Laptops have already been banned on a handful of worldwide flights, and are expected to be outlawed on far more.

Further details were not immediately available.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was briefed on the midair disturbance, according to a statement from the department.

Citing an "active investigation", the airline referred additional questions to the FBI's Honolulu Division, which later reported that " a disturbance aboard the flight alarmed flight crew to the point where an off- duty law enforcement officer and others subdued a passenger".

The airline also says that he had bought his ticket for the Honolulu flight shortly after midnight at the airport ticket counter.

There were 181 passengers and six crew members on the flight. We were greeted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She was not aware of injuries.

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