Unruly man on Hawaii flight may have caused security breach at LAX hours earlier

 latimes.com  5/20/2017 6:50:00 PM  2  Richard Winton, Louis Sahagun
In this photo provided by Donna Basden, a man is escorted off an American Airlines flight after it l

The radio call came in at 2:45 a.m. Friday about a man who had stepped out of an emergency fire exit leading to the Los Angeles International Airport tarmac and loudly asking, “Where can I get something to eat around here?”

Officials said Anil Uskanli, 25, of Turkey, was immediately spotted by an airline worker, who “escorted the guy back inside the terminal,” Rob Pedregon, a spokesman for the LAX Police Department, said Saturday. “They determined that he had been drinking but did not meet the criteria for drunk in public.”

Uskanli, a ticketed passenger on an American Airlines flight who had gone through Transportation Security Administration screening in Terminal 5, “was arrested for misdemeanor trespassing, cited, given a pending court date and released from custody,” Pedregon said.

The man’s problems apparently did not end there.

According to an Associated Press report, he was arrested later on Friday after a disturbance on an American Airlines jet headed to Hawaii from Los Angeles. LAX officials would not confirm that the man they arrested was the same one on the flight to Hawaii.

During the flight, the report said, Uskanli was subdued by passengers and flight attendants, who used a drink cart to block him from the front of the plane.

Uskanli was duct-taped to his seat until the plane landed in Honolulu, where federal agents boarded the plane and arrested him, passenger Lee Lorenzen said.

“The flight attendants just were really heroic,” Lorenzen said. “By the time we landed and the FBI took him into custody, he was very mellow.”

There were no reports of injuries on the flight, and the plane landed safely in Hawaii.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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11:50 a.m.: This article has been updated with details and comments from LAX.

This article was originally published at 9:10 a.m.

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