A man on a Hawaii-bound flight described as unruly and disheveled was subdued by passengers and a flight attendant who used an airplane drink cart to block him from getting to the front of the jet. He was then immobilized with duct tape in a seat until the plane, escorted on the last leg of its journey by two fighter jets, landed in Honolulu on Friday.
The man on the plane that left from Los Angeles was identified by law enforcement officials as Anil Uskanli, 25, of Turkey. He was taken into custody after the plane landed.
Uskanli was also arrested before boarding the flight at Los Angeles International Airport for opening a door that led onto an airfield ramp, according to Los Angeles Airport Police, who identified Uskanli.
He had been drinking, but police said he did not meet the criteria for being drunk in public, was given a date to appear in court on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing and allowed to board.
Passengers among the 181 flying on American Airlines Flight 31 took notice of Uskanli before the jet took off from Los Angeles.
At that point, when he appeared to be approaching the front of the plane, a flight attendant ran down the aisle with her serving cart and blocked the entrance to first class, said passenger Lee Lorenzen, of Orange County, Calif.
The man pushed the cart, trying to get through but passengers came up behind him and grabbed him. He spent the rest of the flight restrained in a seat with duct tape.
— Associated Press
Texas’s Republican-controlled state House has approved tough new limits on abortion, striking back after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted many restrictions on the procedure the state passed in 2013.
The chamber voted 93 to 45 on Saturday to advance omnibus limits, and many conservatives applauded.
They ban a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation. That’s despite similar laws being blocked by courts in Alabama, Oklahoma, Kansas and Louisiana.
That contentious provision was added to a bill requiring burying or cremating fetal remains from abortions, even though a federal judge has already suspended an existing Texas state rule mandating the same thing.
The bill also bars the sale or donation of fetal tissue.
— Associated Press
College’s Twitter account is hacked: A Massachusetts college says it’s investigating after its Twitter account was hacked and filled with tweets containing racist language. Campus police say the account of Salem State University was hacked Friday. The tweets reportedly included attacks on immigrants, criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement and praise for Republican President Trump. They were deleted early Saturday.
Letters show Hernandez requested cell change: Five letters authenticated by Massachusetts state officials show Aaron Hernandez asked prison officials to share a cell with inmates he described as close friends. In a June 2015 letter, Hernandez asks to be moved to another part of the prison where he says he has no enemies and to “celly up” with another inmate. The former New England Patriots tight end was found hanged in his cell on April 19, just days after he was acquitted in a 2012 double slaying. He was still serving a life sentence for a 2013 killing.
Boy killed by train in Florida: Police said a 13-year-old boy has died after being hit by a SunRail train while walking his bicycle near the tracks during rush hour in central Florida. Authorities said Marcees Kilpatrick was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said he was about to cross the tracks when he was clipped by the side of the train.
Man charged with castrating transgender woman: Police said a Colorado man without a medical license has been arrested after he allegedly used an Army surgical kit to castrate a transgender woman at her Denver apartment. A police affidavit says James Lowell Pennington, 57, removed the testicles and sutured the opening while the woman’s wife witnessed the 90-minute procedure. The wife called 911 about three hours later when blood poured from the incision.
8 rescued from roller coaster in Texas: Emergency personnel have rescued eight people from a new roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington after it stopped on an upper area of track. Officials said nobody was hurt. The last rider on the 120-foot-tall coaster was safely removed before dawn Saturday. A Six Flags spokeswoman said officials will try to determine what triggered a safety feature that stopped the coaster, called the Joker.
Oprah Winfrey gives commencement address: Oprah Winfrey advised graduates at Skidmore College to follow their “inner truth” and live a spiritual life during a commencement speech Saturday in Upstate New York. The author, actress and former talk show host spoke at the graduation in Saratoga Springs, where one of the more than 600 members of the Class of 2017 included a student who had attended her Leadership Academy.
— From news services