An off-duty officer who helped subdue an unruly passenger on a flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii talked about the incident on Thursday.
It was supposed to be a relaxing vacation to Honolulu for off-duty LAPD Detective Ross Nemeroff on May 19, but about two hours into the flight, a 25-year-old Turkish national began screaming and pounding his fists into the plane’s walls, reports KABC.
Anil Uskanil wrapped a blanket around his head and with a laptop in his hands headed toward the cockpit.
Nemeroff said a flight attendant used a cart to block the man’s path and six other passengers sprang into action and turned Uskanil around, then Nemeroff spent the next few hours keeping him seated and subdued. He wondered how much force he should use if the agitated man started posing another threat.
He decided to use LAPD’s de-escalation training: Calming the man down. In the end, no handcuffs and no duct tape were used. But there was still concern about the man’s laptop possibly exploding.
In the end, the packed jetliner landed safely and Uskanil was taken into federal custody. He faces charges of interfering with a flight crew.
As for Nemeroff, he said after being debriefed by the FBI and the airline, he went on with his vacation.
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