Disruptive Man Subdued on American Airlines Flight to Honolulu

May 20, 2017

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

A man aboard an American Airlines flight was subdued by passengers and crew after reportedly trying to make his way to the front of the plane on Friday. Anil Tuvanc Uskanli was arrested upon landing at Honolulu and will likely face charges according to FBI agent Paul Delacourt.

American Airlines flight 31 took off from Los Angeles airport at 9:10am PST with 181 passengers and six crew members. About halfway through the flight, Uskanli stood up with a blanket over his head, clutched a laptop towards his chest, and made his way up the aisle towards the cockpit while mumbling. He was blocked by a beverage cart near the first class cabin. A flight attendant told Uskanli to go back to his seat but he did not comply. At that point other passengers and the flight attendant moved Uskanli back towards his seat; he did not resist their actions. Once back he was reportedly duct taped to his chair, according to passenger Lee Lorenzen.

Uskanli was restrained for the rest of the flight and there was no significant signs of struggle or violence with the plane landing in Honolulu at 2:35pm PST. Uskanli was then arrested and escorted off the flight by law enforcement (see video below):

All passengers and crew were deemed safe and unharmed, and flight operations are back to normal.

According to Flight Aware, the journey itself did not seem to to be interrupted, and the flight actually landed early 16 minutes early. The Department of Homeland Security provided this statement about the flight:

The situation was deemed serious enough that two F-22 Raptors were sent to escort American’s flight for the final leg of the aircraft’s journey:

Hours before the flight took off from LAX, Uskanli was involved in an incident at the airport. According to a statement from the LAPD, Uskanli had tried “going through a door from the Terminal 5 concourse that led out onto the airfield ramp.” He had reportedly been drinking but did not meet the criteria to be considered drunk in public. He was then “arrested for misdemeanor trespassing, cited, given a pending court date and released from custody.”

The FBI is still investigating the incident and said that there were no other threats to other aircraft and that no explosives were found aboard the plane.

H/T: CNN

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at US restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
  • Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.