The suspect has been identified as Anil Uskandil. Nothing is being said about his motive, of course, and the news reports are saying he was drunk or “mental.” That a drunk “mental” Muslim would try to break open the cockpit door doesn’t seem to strike anyone as significant. And so the jihad against the U.S. goes on, with only one side fully aware that it is even being fought.
“EXCLUSIVE DETAILS: Fighter Jets Escort American Plane After Someone Tried To Break Into Cockpit,” by Thomas Phippen, Daily Caller, May 19, 2017 (thanks to Todd):
Two American fighter jets escorted an American Airlines flight to Honolulu Friday after a passenger tried to break into the cockpit in midair.
An off-duty Honolulu police officer subdued a “Turkish” man after he tried to open the door to the cockpit on American Airlines Flight 31 bound for Honolulu, Hawaii, according to Hawaii News Now.
The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Ethan Barton, who was three rows behind first class, described a strange scene: A person wrapped in a blanket shuffled forward, passing within a foot of Barton, he told TheDCNF. At the entrance to first class, a flight attendant waved her arms and instructed the person that he was not allowed into the first-class cabin. She asked for help, and on her second appeal a passenger stood up to walk the blanketed person back, seemingly with little resistance.
Out of sight of TheDCNF’s Barton, however, the blanketed passenger allegedly tried to open a door. The pilot announced that because of a small loss in pressure, the plane would be forced to land in Honolulu at a low altitude. Police and FBI agents came aboard and took the passenger from the plane after landing.
Fellow passengers told TheDCNF’s Barton that the suspect had been pacing in a strange way before the flight left Los Angeles, and upon boarding the plane had sat in the front row of first class, before being told to move further back. One passenger described the suspect as “mental,” and an FBI agent told TheDCNF she thinks the suspect is “a Turkish person.”
The suspect at one point had been loitering near the plane’s restroom carrying a laptop, a government official told NBC news.
U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) scrambled two F-22 Raptors from the Hawaii Air National Guard “in response to a reported disturbance” on the flight and escorted the plane to the airport, Dave Benham, spokesman for PACOM, told The Daily Caller News Foundation….
“Plane forced to land after ‘Turkish man tries to break into cockpit mid-flight,'” by Harry Walker, Express, May 20, 2017:
PASSENGERS were left terrified aboard an American Airlines flight to Honolulu after a man tried to break into the cockpit of the plane.
FBI detain passenger who tried to ‘break into cockpit’ mid-flight
Crew members, an off-duty Honolulu police officer and a number of passengers worked together to restrain the man, who was eventually subdued.
According to reports, he breached security at Los Angeles International Airport, but was allowed to board the plane on Friday after security checked him.
It is currently unclear what the “breach” was.
On the flight the man, believed to be Turkish, is said to have been waiting to use the bathroom near the cockpit when a flight attendant asked him to sit down.
The man reportedly had a laptop with him, and appeared to try the cockpit door before he was subdued.
The flight landed at 10.30pm BST (11.35am Hawaii local time), escorted by two military jets, and the man was detained….