Saturday, 20 May 2017

Man arrested after trying to gain entry into cockpit

AMERICAN AIRLINES B777-323 N735AT (CN 32439)      File Photo

A man was subdued after he tried to breach the cockpit of an American Airlines flight to Honolulu, a source familiar with the situation told ABC News.
American Airlines said in a statement that law enforcement met the plane upon landing in Honolulu following a "disturbance" on the flight. The plane was escorted by two F-22 fighter jets for the duration of the flight following the disturbance.
A source at the TSA told ABC News that the man was waiting for the bathroom near the cockpit when a flight attendant asked him to sit down. He had a laptop with him and appeared to try the cockpit door before he was subdued, the source said.
The man has been detained, the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. The DHS is continuing to monitor all flights "out of an abundance of caution," it said.
Law enforcement is now responding to analyse a suspicious item associated with the man, a source told ABC News.
Flight 31 from Los Angeles landed safely at 11:35 a.m. local time, according to American Airlines. All passengers are off the plane and safe, and operations at the airport have resumed as normal.
A total of 181 passengers and six crew members were on board, according to the airline.
The incident is under investigation. Halting of all ground movements on the airfield as the flight came in caused a 30-minute backlog, the Department of Transportation said in a statement. The DOT expected the backlog to be resolved by the end of peak travel in the afternoon.

ABC News' Erin Dooley, Luis Martinez and Alex Stone contributed to this report.

Details are
American Airlines
Flight 31
Airbus A321-231
Serial Number 6313
First Flight 14/10/2014
Plane Age 2.6 Yrs Old
Test Registration D-AZAB 

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