Man duct taped after trying to break into flight cockpit with 181 passengers on board
Man 'duct taped' after trying to break into flight cockpit with 181 passengers on board

A man on board an American Airlines flight allegedly needed to be restrained with duct tape, pillows and blankets after he tried to break into the cockpit while travelling to Honolulu.

It's reported the man was subdued by passengers and crew as the US military scrambled two Air Force fighter jets to escort the flight into Honolulu International Airport after the disturbance was reported.

Neither the military nor American Airlines immediately disclosed the nature of the disturbance on the flight from Los Angeles.

HawaiiNewsNow, a consortium of three television network affiliates, said an airline crew member and an off-duty Honolulu police officer subdued the unruly passenger.

The man allegedly tried to break into the cockpit on the flight with 181 passengers on board. Photo: Twitter.

American Airlines confirmed that the crew of Flight 31 from Los Angeles to Honolulu had requested that law enforcement meet the aircraft, an Airbus A321, upon landing due to an unspecified "disturbance during the flight."

The airline said its plane, carrying 181 passengers and six crew members, landed safely at 11:35am Hawaii time . No injuries were reported.

Mobile phone video footage taken by a passenger after the plane was on the ground and posted on social media showed a man being led down the aisle of the aircraft in handcuffs by Federal Bureau of Investigation personnel.

One passenger who spoke to HawaiiNewsNow said a first-class flight attendant deserved much of the credit for preventing the suspect from reaching the cockpit.

"I would just never want to go against her. She was tasked with keeping him out of there, and she did a great job," Lee Lorenzen told the news outlook.

The incident also prompted Pacific Command to dispatch a pair of F-22 fighter jets to intercept the passenger plane.

"The F-22s escorted the airliner to the airport in accordance with homeland defence procedures. Local law enforcement responded once the civilian airliner was on the ground," said Commander Dave Benham.


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