Pas­sen­ger sub­dued, duct-taped to seat

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

A man on a Hawaii-bound flight de­scribed as un­ruly and di­sheveled was sub­dued by pas­sen­gers and a flight at­ten­dant who used an air­plane drink cart to block him from get­ting to the front of the jet. He was then im­mo­bi­lized with duct tape in a seat un­til the plane, es­corted on the last leg of its jour­ney by two fighter jets, landed in Honolulu on Fri­day.

The man on the plane that left from Los An­ge­les was iden­ti­fied by law en­force­ment of­fi­cials as Anil Uskanli, 25, of Turkey. He was taken into cus­tody af­ter the plane landed.

Uskanli was also ar­rested be­fore board­ing the flight at Los An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional Airport for open­ing a door that led onto an air­field ramp, ac­cord­ing to Los An­ge­les Airport Po­lice, who iden­ti­fied Uskanli.

He had been drink­ing, but po­lice said he did not meet the cri­te­ria for be­ing drunk in pub­lic. He was given a date to ap­pear in court on sus­pi­cion of mis­de­meanor tres­pass­ing and al­lowed to board.

Pas­sen­gers among the 181 fly­ing on Amer­i­can Air­lines Flight 31 took no­tice of Uskanli be­fore the jet took off from Los An­ge­les.

At that point, when he ap­peared to be ap­proach­ing the front of the plane, a flight at­ten­dant ran down the aisle with her serv­ing cart and blocked the en­trance to first class, said pas­sen­ger Lee Loren­zen, of Or­ange County, Calif.

The man pushed the cart, try­ing to get through, but pas­sen­gers came up be­hind him and grabbed him. He spent the rest of the flight re­strained in a seat with duct tape.

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