A man who caused a disturbance aboard an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu on Friday was detained and will likely face charges, an FBI special agent said.
The man, identified as Anil Tuvanc Uskanli — a Turkish national born in 1991– was subdued by crew members and passengers, including an off-duty Los Angeles police officer.
He is expected to face federal charges for interference with a flight crew, FBI special agent Paul Delacourt told reporters.
Investigators are still trying to determine the motive behind the disturbance.
Allison Forburger, who lives in Hawaii, where she works for the Navy, said the man was moving toward the first-class section of the cabin with a blanket over his head when a flight attendant directed him to stop.
As the suspect approached the drink cart at the rear of first class, the flight attendant in economy told him, “Sir, please stop. Sir, I need you to go back to your seat.”
Forburger, sitting in an aisle seat at the front of economy class, said other passengers helped the flight attendant get the passenger back toward the back of the plane.
The man did not fight with the other passengers and left a black laptop he had been clutching to his chest on the drink cart, she said.
The incidents is still under investigation but officials said there were not other threats to the American Airlines or any other aircraft. No explosives were found on the airplane and the cockpit was not breached, Delacourt said.
‘Taped him to his chair’
Passenger Lee Lorenzen told CNN affiliate KITV that the flight attendant told the man: “You’re not coming in here” and used the cart to block his path.
But Forburger said the cart was already in the way as the flight attendants were picking up dishes from first-class passengers who had just finished lunch.
She recalled the crew member saying, “I need help, I need help, I need to get this guy back to his seat.”
She lost sight of the suspect, but Lorenzen told KITV and CNN…