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Turkey: Man detained on Honolulu flight just wanted 1st class seat

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    In this photo provided by Donna Basden, a man is escorted off an American Airlines flight after it landed in Honolulu. Federal agents met the plane from Los Angeles when it landed in Honolulu and took the man into custody.

ISTANBUL >> Turkey’s official news agency says the FBI has detained a Turkish man who attempted to sit in first class on a Los Angeles-Honolulu flight.

The Anadolu news agency reported Sunday that 25-year-old Anil Tuvanc Uskanli bought an economy ticket on American Airlines Flight 31 but left his seat to try first class. Flight attendants stopped him but in the ensuing argument, he kicked a service cart.

The agency said Uskanli was handcuffed to his seat after refusing to sit.

Uskanli was taken into custody after the plane, escorted by two fighter jets, landed in Honolulu. He now faces a possible charge of interference with a flight crew.

Anadolu said Uskanli studied film and journalism in California and London.

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