A man on a flight to Honolulu, Hawaii, recently caused such a stir that several F-22 fighter jets showed up to escort the plan.
According to reports, the incident took place on May, 19, 2017. Turkish native Anil Uskanli, 25, was aboard an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles when he started screaming and flailing his arms around after someone accidentally walked in on him while he was in the washroom.
Witnesses say that he started screaming and pounding the walls of the bathroom.
Flight crews were left no choice but to issue a level 1 security measure and to put the flight deck on lock down.
Conservative Tribune reports:
A complaint filed by the United States Department of Justice explained that Uskanli then grabbed his laptop, put a blanket around his head and proceeded to walk toward the first class seating area until a flight attendant blocked him with a drink cart.
When the flight attendant asked others to assist, Uskanli proceeded back to his original seat, escorted by an off-duty law enforcement official.
“The law enforcement officer and Uskanli remained in the seats for the rest of the flight. Flight attendants followed protocol for handling of possible explosive materials,” the complaint stated. “They also alerted the captain of the events, and the captain then implemented a level 4 emergency. Two military fighter jets from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam were dispatched to escort the flight to safe landing.”
Once the flight was safe, a bomb squad and K-9s were called in to investigate. Luckily, nothing was found.
Uskanli has since been charged with one count of interference with flight crew members and attendants, which could carry a maximum sentence of 20-years in prison.
Adding to the hilarity, even Uskanli’s attorney, Peter Wolff, agreed that his client acted irrationally.
“I think he needs some actual treatment,” Wolff said.
You know it’s bad when your own attorney criticizes you in the public spotlight. Perhaps Uskanli should take a break from air travel and head back to Turkey.
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