A man who caused a disturbance aboard an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu on Friday was subdued by passengers and a flight attendant, a passenger told CNN.
Allison Forburger, who lives in Hawaii, where she works for the Navy, said the man was moving toward the first-class section of the cabin with a blanket over his head when a flight attendant directed him to stop.
As the suspect approached the drink cart at the rear of first class, the flight attendant in economy told him, “Sir, please stop. Sir, I need you to go back to your seat.”
Forburger, sitting in an aisle seat at the front of economy class, said other passengers helped the flight attendant get the passenger back toward the back of the plane.
The man did not fight with the other passengers and left a black laptop he had been clutching to his chest on the drink cart, she said.
‘Taped him to his chair’
Passenger Lee Lorenzen told CNN affiliate KITV that the flight attendant told the man: “You’re not coming in here” and used the cart to block his path.
But Forburger said the cart was already in the way as the flight attendants were picking up dishes from first-class passengers who had just finished lunch.
She recalled the crew member saying, “I need help, I need help, I need to get this guy back to his seat.”
She lost sight of the suspect, but Lorenzen told KITV and CNN affiliate KGMB/KHNL the man was duct-taped to a seat.
“It took seconds,” Lee Lorenzen told KGMB/KHNL. “He was pushing against the cart and a bunch of guys grabbed him. They found some duct tape. There were pillows and blankets. And they taped him to his chair.”
One of the passengers who helped was an off-duty law enforcement officer, the FBI said.
The suspect was met by authorities when the Airbus 321 landed in Honolulu.
“Due to a disturbance during the flight, the crew requested that law enforcement meet the aircraft upon landing in Honolulu,” American Airlines said in a statement.
Video from KGMB/KHNL…