The unruly Turkish passenger who attempted to infiltrate the cockpit on an American Airlines Hawaii-bound flight is expected to face charges, an FBI special agent said.
The 25-year-old man, identified as Anil Tuvanc Uskanli, caused disturbance midair on a passenger flight after he attempted to rush the jet's cockpit. He was subsequently subdued by passengers and flight attendants, who duct taped him to his seat to prevent him from roaming the plane.
The actions of the airline officials were praised by the association of flight attendants for defusing a "high-risk situation," the Associated Press reported.
The lauded response to the crew's actions surface as the airline industry continues to recover from major blows in recent weeks, including the fallout from dragging David Dao from a United Airlines flight as well as video showing an American Airlines employee hitting a woman with a child.
American Airlines spokeswoman Katie Cody said the incident highlighted the airline crew's professionalism.
When Flight 31 landed in Hawaii, law enforcement officers and a pair of Hawaii Air National Guard fighter jets detained Uskanli.
WATCH | Law enforcement officials take Uskanli into custody on the airport's tarmac.
Uskanli's troubles began before he took his seat on Flight 31. Eight hours before the flight departed, he was arrested around dawn at Los Angeles International Airport for opening a door that led onto an airfield ramp. Police said he had been drinking, but didn't meet the criteria for public drunkenness. He was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing, given a court date and allowed to depart for Hawaii.