Passengers and crew on a flight out of LAX to Honolulu got the scare of their lives as a 25-year-old Turkish man attempted to break into the cockpit. Fortunately, crew and passengers were able to subdue the man who was taken into custody.
More concerning, Anil Uskanli, was in the US on expired tourist and student visas, this was the first red flag. The next red flag, it was reported the Uskanli had already had a run in with LAX security after going through a door that had access to “an airfield ramp”! This man should have never been permitted on the plane.
NBC tweeted, he was observed standing by the cockpit door with a laptop.
BREAKING: TSA: Passenger subdued on flight from LAX to Honolulu after standing near cockpit door with laptop, lunging toward cockpit door.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) May 19, 2017
If you recall laptops have been the subject of recent news with Pres Trump allegedly divulging classified intel to Russians. The intel, reported by all the networks since March, pertains to terror threats of laptops potentially being used as improvised explosives, which are increasingly being banned from flights.
One has to wonder was this a test run?
Suspect in cockpit threat on Honolulu flight had been detained at LAX
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A Turkish man on board a Honolulu-bound flight tried to break into the cockpit Friday before being subdued by passengers and flight crew, who used duct tape, pillows and blankets to make sure he couldn’t get out of his seat.
The incident prompted U.S. Pacific Command to scramble two F-22 Raptors from the Hawaii Air National Guard, which escorted the flight into Honolulu International Airport about 11:35 a.m.
The man, identified as 25-year-old Anil Uskanli, was on board AA Flight 31, which departed from Los Angeles International Airport at 8:34 a.m. local time.
The Los Angeles airport police said at LAX, Uskanli was involved in a separate security incident and was detained but subsequently released.
Police said the suspect went through a door from an LAX concourse that led onto an airfield ramp. He was spotted by a contractor and detained.
Airport police investigated and determined that Uskanli had been drinking. He was arrested for misdemeanor trespassing, cited and released.
The suspect subsequently got on board the American Airlines flight. Several hours in, passengers and authorities said, he allegedly tried to break through the cockpit door, throwing himself up against a beverage cart as he tried to force his way into the first-class cabin.
Passengers said the man had a blanket or towel on his head, and didn’t say anything as he pushed forward.
Flight attendants, an off-duty Los Angeles police officer and other passengers were able to stop the man and secure him in a seat…Read More