Man handcuffed on plane after trying to break into cockpit

Officers detained an American Airlines passenger when a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu landed Friday.

Hawaii News Now reports a Turkish man was confined with pillows, blankets and duct tape after he tried to break into the cockpit.

Other passengers, including an off-duty Los Angeles police officer, aided the flight crew in subduing the man.

One passenger on the flight posted an Instagram video of the tail end of the ordeal, in which FBI officers escort the man off the plane in handcuffs.


The plane was escorted by fighter jets while still in flight after news of the disturbance, and landed safely around 11:35 a.m. Honolulu time. But according to Hawaii News Now, the man was a problem even before boarding the flight: at LAX, he was allegedly cited for breaching a secure door. He was also reportedly intoxicated at the time, but was not detained.

Passengers who helped deescalate the incident said it was all over very quickly. However, the fiasco did cause a 30-minute backlog in flights.

The man was taken into custody in Honolulu.