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Man Subdued After Alleged Cockpit Breach to HNL

Posted May 19, 2017, 12:29 PM HST Updated May 19, 2017, 01:14 PM HST

Original Article Posted by Wendy Osher, Maui Now:

Operations at Honolulu International Airport have returned to normal following an in-flight incident involving an unruly passenger aboard an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

Sources tell Maui Now that a passenger attempted to break into the cockpit of the plane, but an off duty Honolulu police officer intervened. Transportation officials have confirmed that the suspect attempted to enter the cockpit and is currently in the custody of agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Agents are also interviewing passengers of the flight to obtain further information.

Honolulu International Airport. Photo: Wendy Osher.

Sources tell Maui Now that the passenger was from Turkey, but transportation officials have been unable to confirm that at this time.

Flight 31 originated at the Los Angeles International Airport, and departed LAX at 8:43 a.m. It was bound for Honolulu International Airport, and arrived at 11:39 a.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017.

Transportation officials tell Maui Now that all airport security stakeholders were notified and were standing by on the ground to respond if needed. The Hawaii Air National Guard scrambled fighter planes to escort the American Airlines jet into Honolulu International.


Passengers have since been deplaned from the aircraft and the plane was being checked out by an explosive operations team from Hickam Air Force Base.

Shelly Kunishige, Department of Transportation spokesperson tells Maui Now that there was a ground stoppage at the Honolulu International Airport for about 30 minutes during which Air Traffic Control stopped incoming flights from landing. That has since been lifted and the airport is now working to clear the backlog.

Kunishige said she expects this backlog should be resolved by the end of the peak travel window early this afternoon.

Toni Schwartz, Public Information Officer for the Hawaiʻi Department of Public Safety said the incident involving an unruly passenger on a plane en route to the Honolulu International Airport is a federal matter and being handled by federal authorities. The sheriffs along with other law enforcement agencies responded to the scene as is normal procedure.

*Please check back for further details. We will post more information on this developing story as it becomes available.


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Patrice Strange What?May 19, 2017 12:51pm
John Cornillez Middle Eastern man, possibly from Turkey. Maybe wanting to migrate to Hawaii.May 19, 2017 12:59pm
Phil Tong Brah!May 19, 2017 01:01pm
Carolle Brulee-Wilson Panic Attack: EngagedLet the beating begin!May 19, 2017 01:06pm
John Bruce They probably had to protect him from the other passengers.May 19, 2017 01:09pm
John Bruce On the whole planet, Hawaii is a logical place.May 19, 2017 01:09pm
Patrice Strange I am going to sit next to a big boy that can protect us next time. Terrifying!May 19, 2017 01:10pm
Jerry Cullins Let him walk home!May 19, 2017 01:11pm
John Cornillez Agree... we have a large Hispanic community on the Big Island. They feel safe here because no one bothers them. Zero racial discrimination. Likewise the LBGTQ. They like Hawaii because they feel safe too.May 19, 2017 01:13pm
Ilona Marie Halbuna Scary :(May 19, 2017 01:40pm
Ric E Reed Coming from LA I'm not surprised....May 19, 2017 01:55pm
Jimmy Garrison Fucking muzzies acting like the savage pieces of pedophile shit.May 19, 2017 02:10pm
Chelsea N Kekai Kamai Kellee SodermanMay 19, 2017 08:28pm
Chelsea N Kekai Kamai Albert BreitwieserMay 19, 2017 08:29pm
Albert Breitwieser Jesus... so glad Kelly Kellee is okay!May 19, 2017 08:30pm
Dave Liebowitz Turkey eh? https://www.everipedia.com/anil-uskanil/May 19, 2017 11:07pm
Tom Barnes Article failed to mention the following (taken from HNN): "Police said the suspect went through a door from an LAX concourse that led onto an airfield ramp. He was spotted by a contractor and detained. Airport police investigated and determined that Uskanli had been drinking. He was arrested for misdemeanor trespassing, cited and released." HE TRIED TO GO OUT ONTO THE ACTIVE FLIGHT LINE AT LAX PRIOR TO GETTING ON THIS FLIGHT.May 20, 2017 11:34am

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