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Disturbance on LA-to-Hawaii flight brings FBI, fighter jets

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posted on May, 19 2017 @ 11:02 PM
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Two U.S. fighter jets were summoned Friday to escort a flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii after an unruly man was subdued by passengers and flight attendants, who used a drink cart to block him from the front of the plane. The man, identified by law enforcement officials as Anil Uskanil, 25, of Turkey, was duct-taped to his seat until the plane landed in Honolulu and federal agents boarded the plane and arrested him, passenger Lee Lorenzen said. “The flight attendants just were really heroic,” Lorenzen said. “By the time we landed and the FBI took him into custody, he was very mellow.”



The trouble with Uskanil actually began about eight hours before the flight departed. He was arrested before dawn at Los Angeles International Airport for opening a door that led onto an airfield ramp, according to Los Angeles Airport Police, who provided Uskanil’s identity to The Associated Press. Police say Uskanil had been drinking but didn’t meet the criteria for public drunkenness. He was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing, given a date to appear in court and allowed to take the flight to Honolulu.


So he was arrested at the airport for trying to onto an airfield ramp but still allowed to board the plane. How does that even make sense in today's world?


Mark and Donna Basden were among the first to board the plane and found a laptop in the seat pocket of Mark Basden. The Albuquerque, New Mexico, couple assumed it was from the previous flight.

A flight attendant said it must belong to a man in the bathroom. Then a “disheveled looking fellow” walked out, Donna Basden said. Mark Basden handed the man the laptop, telling him it had been in his seat. He said the man scowled at him, took the laptop, opened it and closed it and then tried to sit in another seat in first class. Donna Basden said the man “clearly looked out of place,” but he didn’t say anything.

The flight attendant went up to him and asked to see his boarding pass, then when she looked at it she told him he was in row 35 and sent him to the back of the plane.

About halfway through the six-hour flight, the Basdens saw the same man, holding his laptop, with something over his head, which they thought was a towel or a blanket. Passenger Grant Arakelian said, “He was very quiet, moving very sluggish. He was trying to approach the cabin, like where the captain is.”


After he ran toward the front of the plane with a blanket over his head and laptop in hand the flight attendant blocked him from first class with the serving cart. He pushed back and other passengers came to her aid and restrained him.

Hard to believe they let him board the flight, then before the plane even took off,the laptop incident happened and still they allowed him to fly.
Great job by the crew and passengers in subduing him.

apnews.com...:-Man-tried-to-get-into-cockpit-on-flight-to-Hawaii
www.reuters.com...



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posted on May, 19 2017 @ 11:06 PM
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Duct tape really can do anything.

If this turns out to be terror related would that mean that duct tape has captured more terrorists than the TSA?

So much to chew on here.



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 11:14 PM
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Brilliant!1 I love that!1 are the FBI and are brave leaders still afraid to call terrorists, terrorists? Or was that only tha last administration?!?a reply to: projectvxn




posted on May, 19 2017 @ 11:18 PM
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a reply to: EchoesInTime

This whole thing reminds me of something off of Fringe.



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 11:22 PM
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a reply to: projectvxn

Hard to believe that they still let him fly after he left the laptop in the seat back and tried to sit in first class.

There is a short video of him handcuffed and leaving the plane but i expect there will be more video coming from the passengers of the incident itself. I would be surprised if this wasn't caught on video.



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 11:27 PM
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Laptop bomb.



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 11:28 PM
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This may not be terrorism and Anil from Turkey may have been confused because of cultural differences.

Let's not judge before we get all the facts.

Right?
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posted on May, 20 2017 @ 12:00 AM
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a reply to: c2oden

Or, it may still not be a terror attack and this guy figured he would try his luck with the flight attendant brutality system and see if he can pay off some bills and get ahead in life... I mean if it went down a little differently and the steward attacked him with her nails or something while he was just trying to get to the restroom, cha-ching$$$$.


Anything is possible so we should wait for the official word before concluding anything. That is something though, now the terrorists know that they can consume some alcohol (is that allowed for those who are strict religious terrorists?) not enough to get them even close to buzzed, then try to gain access to secure places and feign drunken error. If they are not caught, they can advance whatever plan they had, if they are caught, just get on their flight if they are allowed and carry out plan B or whatever. TSA, take notice.....



posted on May, 20 2017 @ 12:08 AM
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this is coming on the heels of the new laptop bomb scare in the making. and the new attitude towards Turkey. throw in a towel over his head and ding ding! you've got enough you rile up the average schmuck. I cant help but think that the only thing that “clearly looked out of place” is this whole situation.
maybe I'm growing jaded, but the consistently inconsistent world leaves me little choice.

edited to omit: boom. lord knows I don't wanna open that can of worms

edit on 20-5-2017 by PolyCottonBlend because: the world is too pc for me



posted on May, 20 2017 @ 02:33 AM
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a reply to: EchoesInTime

Very interesting! If he was arrested, but had a court date, could they not have had an air marshal cuff him for the flight? Or, hey, his bad behavior means he faces legal consequences?? Wonder why he had something over his head.



posted on May, 20 2017 @ 03:09 AM
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a reply to: EchoesInTime

In my view, its readily apparent the purpose of the fighters is keep alive the fear generated by 911.



posted on May, 20 2017 @ 06:21 AM
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a reply to: projectvxn

Hahaha bro, I just about fell over. Greatest reply ever.



posted on May, 20 2017 @ 08:06 AM
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What's even harder to believe is there's no cell phone video of the event.
Or coverage on mainstream media so far.
When did this supposedly happen? Yesterday?
Plenty of time for this to be on the news. Jets? For sure it would have been on the news already.
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posted on May, 20 2017 @ 08:13 AM
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I bet if this guy was white with a name like Smith he would still be detained from the first arrest, eight hours before the flight.

What have done?



posted on May, 20 2017 @ 09:06 AM
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a reply to: c2oden

Seriously???

Cultural differences positively end north of Row 1 aboard a commercial aircraft! This, after he already committed a Federal (FAA in this case) violation at a Category X international airport!

Unbelievable! Unbelievable he was even on the plane too!



posted on May, 20 2017 @ 09:18 AM
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originally posted by: Sillyolme
What's even harder to believe is there's no cell phone video of the event.
Or coverage on mainstream media so far.
When did this supposedly happen? Yesterday?
Plenty of time for this to be on the news. Jets? For sure it would have been on the news already.


Military Jets Scrambled to escort Honolulu bound American airlines flight - CNBC

Suspect in cockpit threat on Honolulu flight had been detained at LAX - Hawaii News


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posted on May, 20 2017 @ 10:11 AM
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a reply to: Flyingclaydisk

What do you expect, he came through LAX. Almost 90% of the stuff we confiscated, the people told us they brought it in with them through LAX.



posted on May, 20 2017 @ 03:51 PM
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I hope you all know that the security is not for you but the safety of the air plane.
Think on this, if it was for your safety against terrorist attacks just why aren't you searched before you enter the airport. No security screen at the entrance doors, no pat downs, no Xrays etc.
Now if a terrorist was interested in killing loads of people what about the check in area? If it is a busy time there might be 2 or 3 plane loads of people checking in. To top it all with no security when you first enter the airport a terrorist could wheel in 2 or 3 cases full of explosive.
No, no the security is to make sure nobody, not even you, destroys their plane.



posted on May, 20 2017 @ 04:18 PM
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originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
a reply to: c2oden

Seriously???

Cultural differences positively end north of Row 1 aboard a commercial aircraft! This, after he already committed a Federal (FAA in this case) violation at a Category X international airport!

Unbelievable! Unbelievable he was even on the plane too!





Sarcasm.



posted on May, 20 2017 @ 04:22 PM
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a reply to: crayzeed

Actually, if they wanted to, getting something on the plane would be far easier than having someone carry it on. The only planes we ever searched were international flights that were continuing on to the US, and local flights, before the first flight of the day. And we only searched the cabin and lavatory.

If they were determined to get something on the aircraft, it would be easy to either get someone into the airport staff, or bribe someone. And they WOULD do it. They can throw ridiculous amounts of money if they choose to, and everyone has their price.



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