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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.
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.”
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.
originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
a reply to: c2oden
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!