[Ed. – Well, this isn’t funny. Apparently some passengers participated in holding the guy down after he made his move. With all the other stuff going on, this certainly needs to be taken seriously.]
Two military fighter jets escorted a Honolulu-bound American Airlines aircraft on Friday after a man allegedly tried to break into the cockpit.
The airline said Flight 31, an Airbus A321 aircraft, landed safety at Honolulu International Airport at 11:35 a.m. local time. The flight originated from Los Angeles International Airport.
“Two Pacific Command F-22 Raptors from the Hawaii Air National Guard scrambled this morning in response to a reported disturbance on a civilian airliner making an approach to Honolulu International Airport,” U.S. Navy Commander Dave Benham told CNBC in an emailed statement.
According to the U.S. Pacific Command spokesman, the fighter jets “escorted the airliner to the airport in accordance with homeland defense procedures. Local law enforcement responded once the civilian airliner was on the ground.” …
NBC station KHNL of Honolulu interviewed passengers departing the flight and they too confirmed the passenger appeared to rush the jetliner’s cockpit door. …
“Well, it was all kind of surreal,” passenger Peggy Lorenzen told the Honolulu station. “It all transpired … so quickly — him rushing the cockpit. It was pretty serious what was going on.”
Added Lorenzen, “There were some sturdy guys back there that were helping hold him down.”