Turkey: Man detained on US plane just wanted 1st class seat

A 25-year-old man was restrained with duct tape and escorted by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents off an American Airlines on Friday (May 19) after passengers say he was acting erratically with a laptop and appeared to make an effort to enter the plane's cockpit, the Washington Post reported. A flight attendant said the computer probably belonged to a man had left it there and gone to the bathroom, according to Basden.

At that point, a flight attendant ran down the aisle with her serving cart and blocked the entrance to first class, said passenger Lee Lorenzen, of Orange County, California. Uskanil was duct-taped to a seat after passengers say he attempted to push aside a beverage cart blocking the cockpit. FBI special agent Paul Delacourt said Uskanil could face federal charges for interference with a flight crew, according to CNN.

Passengers Mark and Donna Basden of Albuquerque, New Mexico, sat down in their first-class seats, and Mark found a laptop in the seat pocket. David Benham of U.S. Pacific Command, two F-22 Raptors from the Hawaii Air National Guard "scrambled this morning in response to a reported disturbance on a civilian airliner making an approach to Honolulu International Airport".

Before he even boarded the plane, Anil Uskanil had been arrested by police at Los Angeles International Airport after a worker allegedly spotted him walking through a security door leading from the terminal to an airfield ramp shortly before 3 a.m Friday.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed both knowledge of the disturbance and Uskanil's detainment through a written statement.

Donna Basden remaked that the man "clearly looked out of place".

During the flight, officials said, Uskanli was subdued by passengers and attendants who used a drink cart to block him from the front of the plane. Airport police determined he had been drinking, but he did not meet the criteria for being drunk in public, LAX police said.

Police say Uskanli was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing, given a date to appear in court and allowed to take the flight to Honolulu.

American's Airbus SE A321 jet landed safely at 11:35 a.m. local time, said Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for the carrier.

Balsamo reported from Los Angeles.

The unidentified passenger was taken into custody at the airport by federal agents and deputy sheriffs, according to the station.

In a statement issued to DailyMail.com, American Airlines said: 'This unfortunate incident highlights the tremendous professionalism of American's team members, and specifically, in this situation, our flight attendants.

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