Air passenger detained in Honolulu after trying to break into cockpit

A passenger was detained in Honolulu Friday after a disturbance during a flight from Los Angeles, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed in a statement.

American Airlines confirmed in a statement that law enforcement officers board American Airlines Flight 31 due to a "passenger disturbance." The flight landed safely at 11:35 a.m., American Airlines said.

Sources told CBS affiliate KGMB that 25-year-old Anil Uskanil tried to break through the cockpit door. The TSA says intial reports are he became belligerent on board and was subdued by an airline employee and an off-duty Honolulu police officer, CBS News' Kris Van Cleave reports.

The plane was escorted into Honolulu by two F-22 fighter jets.

An Instagram user also uploaded a video of the incident, writing that "someone tried to break into the cockpit on my flight from LA to Honolulu. We were greeted by the FBI."


The FBI has not yet returned a request for comment.

According to The Associated Press, Los Angeles Airport Police said Uskanil had opened the door in an airport terminal around 2:45 a.m. Friday. They say he was spotted by a contractor and detained until police officers arrived.
 
Police say officers determined Uskanil had been drinking but didn't meet the criteria to be arrested for being drunk in public.
 
They say Uskanil was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing and was given a date to appear in court.

There were 181 passengers and six crew members, American Airlines told the Associated Press. She was not aware of injuries. 

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