Passengers subdue man who tried to break into the cockpit
Passengers subdued a Turkish man after he tried to enter the cockpit on an American Airlines flight headed from Los Angeles to Hawaii. The flight landed safely with a military escort.
A man was subdued aboard an American Airlines flight to Honolulu after he tried to break into the cockpit on Friday
Passengers, American Airlines crew members and an off-duty Honolulu police officer worked together to restrain him.
According to sources, the man, from Turkey, breached security at Los Angeles International Airport, but was assessed and allowed to board AA Flight 31.
The flight landed safely about 11:35am, with a military escort, and the man was detained.
A man from Turkey is lead away by Hawaiian police after allegedly attempting to break into the cockpit on an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii
According to a report from Bloomberh, the passenger allegedly placed a laptop near the cockpit door.
Video posted on social media showed authorities escorting a man in handcuffs off the plane.
The caption reads: 'Crazy! Someone tried to break into the cockpit on my flight from LA to Honolulu. We were greeted by the FBI. They are now taking us off the plane a few rows at a time for dog sniffing and interviews.'
The Department of Homeland Security released a statement on Twitter at 5:30pm today that stated:
'The Secretary has been briefed on the incident today with AA Flight 31.
'The aircraft is currently on the ground, and the individual who disrupted the flight has been detained.
'DHS is prepared to assist other federal and local law enforcement agencies as the investigate the incident.
'At this time, there are no other reports of disruptions to flights.
'We continue to monitor all flights out of an abundance of caution and will provides updates as necessary.'
DailyMail.com has reached out to DHS for further updates on the case.
There were 181 passengers and six crew members, according to American Airlines spokeswoman Katie Cody. She was not aware of any injuries.