A Turkish student could face federal charges for purportedly trying to enter the cockpit of a Los Angeles to Honolulu flight until he was grabbed by passengers, including an off-duty LAPD officer, and duct-taped to a seat.
The threat of terrorism prompted authorities to scramble two Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 Raptor fighter jets to escort the airliner on the last leg of its trip to Hawaii on Friday.
American Airlines Flight 31, with 181 passengers and six crew members aboard, landed safely in Honolulu at 11:35 a.m.
The man, identified by law enforcement officials as Anil Uskanil, 25, of Turkey was taken into custody by federal agents, USA Today reports.
According to Hawaii News Now, Uskanli was in the United States on a student visa for an acting school in Santa Monica, Calif.
Uskanil had been arrested earlier before boarding the flight at Los Angeles International Airport for opening a door that led onto an airfield ramp, according to Los Angeles Airport Police.