US Passenger detained in Honolulu after causing flight disturbance

02:15  20 may  2017
02:15  20 may  2017 Source:   CBS News

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  Hawaii-bound passengers noticed unruly man before take-off <p>After landing in Honolulu on a flight from Los Angeles, passengers described a midair disruption involving an unruly man whose attempts to get to the front of the jetliner prompted flight attendants and passengers to subdue him. and fighter jets to escort the plane.</p>Load Error

× Passenger detained after allegedly trying to breach cockpit on an American Airlines flight to Hawaii. Due to a disturbance during the flight , the crew requested that law enforcement meet the aircraft upon landing in Honolulu .

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A passenger was detained in Honolulu Friday after a disturbance during a flight from Los Angeles, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed in a statement.


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American Airlines confirmed in a statement that law enforcement officers board American Airlines Flight 31 due to a "passenger disturbance." The flight landed safely at 11:35 a.m., American Airlines said.

Sources told CBS affiliate KGMB that a man tried to break through the cockpit door. The TSA says intial reports are he became belligerent on board and was subdued by an airline employee and an off-duty Honolulu police officer, CBS News' Kris Van Cleave reports.

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The plane was escorted into Honolulu by two F-22 fighter jets.

An Instagram user also uploaded a video of the incident, writing that "someone tried to break into the cockpit on my flight from LA to Honolulu. We were greeted by the FBI."

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. I've never seen anything like this. #cnn #fbi #usa #homelandsecurity #hawaii #news

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The FBI has not yet returned a request for comment.

There were 181 passengers and six crew members, American Airlines told the Associated Press. She was not aware of injuries.

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