A Turkish foreign national traveling on a flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Hawaii had to be subdued Friday after he allegedly tried to break into the cockpit of an Airbus A321.
Before the plane left Los Angeles, the man had also reportedly breached security at LAX but was allowed to fly anyway.
American Airlines spokeswoman Katie Cody said Flight 31 from Los Angeles landed in Honolulu at 11:35 a.m.
She said the crew requested law enforcement meet the plane upon landing because of a “passenger disturbance.” She referred further questions to FBI, saying “We’re still figuring out all the details.”American Airlines spokeswoman Katie Cody said Flight 31 from LAX landed in Honolulu at 11:35 a.m., where law enforcement officers were requested to meet.
Sources tell ABC News that initial reports are that a man, a foreign national, tried to breach the cockpit door before he was subdued.
The man was taken into custody, and authorities were now analyzing a suspicious item associated with the suspect.
US Pacific Command confirmed that an F-22 fighter aircraft stationed at Hickam AFB was sent to escort the American Airlines airliner to Honolulu.
The Department of Homeland Security said it has been briefed on the incident and is “prepared to assist other federal and local law enforcement agencies as they investigate.”
There were 181 passengers and six crew members, Cody said. She was not aware of injuries.