Passenger subdued, duct-taped to seat
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.