The man was subdued mid-flight
Crew members, an off-duty Honolulu police officer and a number of passengers worked together to restrain the man, who was eventually subdued.
According to reports, he breached security at Los Angeles International Airport, but was allowed to board the plane on Friday after security checked him.
It is currently unclear what the “breach” was.
On the flight the man, believed to be Turkish, is said to have been waiting to use the bathroom near the cockpit when a flight attendant asked him to sit down.
The man reportedly had a laptop with him, and appeared to try the cockpit door before he was subdued.
The incident took place on American Airlines flight 31
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The flight landed at 10.30pm BST (11.35am Hawaii local time), escorted by two military jets, and the man was detained.
In a statement released on Twitter, the Department of Homeland Security said: “The Secretary has been briefed on the incident today with AA Flight 31.
“The aircraft is currently on the ground, and the individual who disrupted the flight has been detained.
The FBI arrested the man when the plane landed
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“DHS is prepared to assist other federal and local law enforcement agencies as they investigate the incident.
“At this time, there are no other reports of disruptions to flights.
“We continue to monitor all flights out of an abundance of caution and will provide updates as necessary.”