Man Detained After Attempting to Breach Cockpit on American Airlines Flight Bound for Hawaii


According to multiple news outlets, an as-yet-unidentified Turkish national was removed from an American Airlines flight bound for Hawaii after attempting to breach the cockpit while in possession of a laptop computer.

The man is said to have been waiting near the bathroom when a flight attendant requested he take his seat. The man then attempted to open the cockpit door before being subdued by an off-duty police officer on board.

American Airlines Flight 31 from Los Angeles to Honolulu was eventually escorted to its destination by two F-22 fighter jets following the incident. It arrived at 11:35 a.m. local time.

According to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security, “The aircraft is currently on the ground, and the individual who disrupted the flight has been detained.”

The DHS is currently monitoring all flights, apparently, “out of an abundance of caution.”

American Airlines provided this statement to Business Insider:

American Airlines Flight 31, an Airbus A321 from Los Angeles to Honolulu, landed safety at 11:35 a.m. HST.

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. As this is an active investigation, please contact the FBI’s Honolulu Division.

An investigation into the man–and a suspicious item associated with him–is currently underway.

You can watch the video a passenger uploaded to Instagram above.

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