The U.S. is probing an attempted cockpit breach on an American Airlines flight to Honolulu after a passenger placed a laptop near the cockpit door, said a person familiar with the matter.
The passenger was restrained by law enforcement and other fliers on Flight 31 from Los Angeles, the person said. The severity of the threat was still unclear. The pilots made a gradual descent from cruise altitude to lower levels out of precaution to limit the potential damage in the event there was an explosion, according to the official.
Hope this turns out to be nothing, but if true, it's more drama than any of us need right now.
AirlineGeeks.com Verified account @AirlineGeeks 33m33 minutes ago
#AA31 from Los Angeles to Honolulu was met by F-22 fighter jets from Hawaii Air National Guard, according to ABC.
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Gadi Schwartz Verified account @GadiNBC 15m15 minutes ago
Witnesses on #AA31 say arrested passenger had shirt over head. didn't make it past 1st class. Flight attendant blocked aisle, man taken down