Anil Uskanli, who authorities say inspired so much fear among flight attendants that military fighter jets were scrambled to escort the plane to Hawaii, raised a series of possible red flags between purchasing his ticket and being the first passenger to board the American Airlines flight. Uskanli, 25, of Turkey, purchased his ticket about midnight and went through security screening at Los Angeles International Airport. About 2:45 a.m. he opened a door that led to an airfield ramp, airport police said. He smelled of alcohol, but he wasn’t intoxicated enough to be held for public drunkenness, so police cited and released him.
Uksanli’s boarding pass was confiscated, and he was walked out to a public area of the airport, police said. He went back, got another boarding pass for the flight and went through security screening again. Even though he was traveling to Hawaii, he didn’t have any checked luggage or any carry-ons, other than a laptop, a phone and items in his pocket, according an FBI criminal complaint. Before takeoff, he sat in a first-class seat and had to be asked several times to move to his assigned seat toward the back of the plane, the complaint said.
While the six-hour flight was midair, Uskanli, with his head swathed in a blanket, tried to get to the front of the plane. When he put his laptop on a drink cart a flight attendant used to block him, flight attendants feared the computer contained explosives, prompting the captain to initiate bomb-threat procedures. Two Hawaii National Guard fighter jets escorted the plane to Honolulu, and Uskanli was arrested when it landed. His intentions weren’t known, and a federal judge in Honolulu on Monday ordered Uskanli return to the U.S. mainland to undergo a competency evaluation. Federal Public Defender Peter Wolff said he requested the evaluation in part because of the actions described in the criminal complaint and because of comments Uskanli made that Wolff declined to describe.
A Turkish interpreter spoke with Uskanli before the brief hearing. Engin Turkalp said outside court that he told her he can speak English. It’s not common practice for police to notify an airline if someone opens a door to a restricted area, like Uskanli did, Los Angeles airport police spokesman Rob Pedregon said. “If he was a danger, we would not have ever let him go,” he said. Because he had walked into the restricted area at the airport and he was determined to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, crew members helped him to the plane using a wheelchair, the complaint said.
An American Airlines spokesman said, however, that it was Uskanli who requested the wheelchair at the ticket counter, then went through security and on to the gate for the flight. At the door of the plane, flight attendants helped Uskanli, the complaint said
Passengers told the FBI that Uskanli acted strangely on the flight, including talking about being a famous actor and pounding on walls after someone walked into a restroom he had left unlocked. Flight attendants were afraid of his laptop, the complaint said, because they are aware “that laptop computers potentially pose a new threat to airplane security because they may contain explosives that are undetected by airport screening measures.”
The captain initiated bomb threat procedures, and flight attendants barricaded the laptop with crew bags. An off-duty law enforcement officer sat with Uskanli for the remainder of the flight, the complaint said.
No explosives were found after the plane landed. FBI agents then interviewed Uskanli.
“When I asked him if he ever had terroristic thoughts, he responded, ‘We all have those ideas,'” an agent wrote in an affidavit. The agent asked again later about terroristic thoughts. In response, Uskanli made a gun shape with his fingers and pretended to shoot her, she wrote.
“He then did a gesture simulating a chopping motion toward my neck,” the agent wrote. He then told another agent, “I’ll kill her, get out the following day and shoot myself,” according to the court documents.
The complaint said he consented to a urine test and field sobriety tests. The urinalysis was presumptively positive for benzodiazepine, a tranquilizer, and the field tests indicated possible use of stimulants or cannabis, the complaint said.
By David Allen Lambert
Stoughton news 75 years ago and Randolph News 45 years ago this week. Stoughton news from The Stoughton News-Sentinel, May 21, 1942
The body of First Sergeant Edgar A. Halliden, a soldier in the United States Army for the past 26 years, arrived in town Wednesday. Following death as the result of an automobile accident near the Presidio, at Fort Ord, Monterey, California, on May 14, arrangements were made to bring the body to his hometown in Stoughton. The remains were accompanied by Technical Sergeant M. J. Bonyan, who was stationed at the Presidio in Monterey. The funeral will be held from the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James S. Halliden, 58 Pleasant Street, on Friday morning at 8:30 o clock, followed by a solemn requiem high mass in the Immaculate Conception Church at 9:00, when it is expected that he will be buried with full military honors in the confines of the Holy Sepulchre cemetery. First sergeant Halliden enlisted in the United State Army in 1916. He served in World War I in France and was with the army of occupation. He also saw service in Mexico, China and the Philippines, besides being on duty in his own country. Sergeant Halliden survived by his father and mother, one brother, Joseph V. Halliden of Stoughton; five sisters, Mrs. Harland Dill of Springfield; Sister Mary Edgar of St. Joseph s Order, a teacher of St. Paul s parochial school, Cambridge; Teresa G. and Mildred R. Haliden of this town, and Mrs. Vincent O Sullivan of Dorchester. The Board of Selectmen held their weekly meeting Tuesday, with the chairman, Fred C. Phillips, presiding. They received the resignation of Miss Helen Zabrosky, investigator in the public welfare office. They received four applications for the position, and will consider their qualifications and possibly appoint someone at their meeting next Tuesday evening. Miss Zabrosky concludes her duties on Saturday. The Selectmen appointed John J. Rogers as transportation agent for the town, to get defense workers and other workers to double up on cases, that is, to use one car where three are being used today, thus curtailing gasoline, oil and tires during the present emergency. It will also be his duty to try and get the railroad and bus lines to give added service to cope with any increase in patronage, and on such schedule that would meet the needs of the working and shopping public. The matter of interviewing candidates for the office of Town Manager was deferred until a later date.
The Stoughton American Legion Post, No. 89, is sponsoring a dance to be held in Town Hall on Friday evening, May 29. The proceeds of the affair are to be used in purchasing, and oxygen mask for the fire department. This is a worth object and merits the support of the townspeople. The final exhibit of all local 4-H Clubs will be held in Town Hall next Monday evening, May 25. The doors will open at 7 p.m. Adults are admitted without a ticket, but all children must have a ticket, but all children must have a ticket given them by local leaders in order to be admitted to the hall. The program will begin at 7:30, following a half hour of inspecting the work exhibited. Harvey M. Jones, new State Club leader, who comes from South Dakota will be present as an honored guest. The regular monthly meeting of San Salvador Council, No. 200, K. of C., was held in the lodge rooms on Tuesday evening Daniel Corbett, G.K. presided, and there up during the evening. It was voted to give all members leaving for military service a farewell send-off from now on. It was also voted to suitably remember the five members who have already been inducted into the service. The members of this committee are Grand Knight Daniel Corbett, Edgar Foster, Joseph Nally, Charles T. Farrell and John Mears.
Randolph news items from Randolph Herald, May 24, 1972
The furor of the town meetings throughout the area has now been subsided and a degree of normalcy has returned to the local scene. In Randolph the weekly Selectmen s meeting wound down with routine business on its agenda, with the exception of a group of five citizens who turned out because of drainage problems in the area of Crowley Drive. The first item on the agenda was the correspondence. There was a request from Mr. Brenner to be considered for the position of constable and it was the vote of the board to approve this action subject to police inspection. The use of the high school was approved for a meeting between the young people and some of its legislators with Thomas Sullivan, present chairman of the selectmen, heading the rap session. There was a request from Dr. Arthur A. Weiner for an additional opening for his dentist office on Royal St. because of the hazard there. This was tabled for one week. Bernard Davidson, traffic safety commissioner, requested that the selectmen forward a letter to Joseph Walsh, the new senator of the Sixth Suffolk district, urging him to vote favorably on a bill coming up in the Massachusetts Senate which would lower the percentage level of alcohol on the breath in the determination of drunken drivers from .015 to .010. It was requested that the Traffic Safety Commission forward a copy of its attendance and minutes to the board of selectmen. June 5 was the date scheduled for the continuation of the hearings on Minot Drive. Executive Secretary Henry Lowd brought before the board of desire of Stanley Rossman of North Main St., to apply for a position on the Police Department. Advance ticket sales are brisk for the May 22 dinner meeting of the Randolph Democratic Town Committee, Chairman John McCarthy reports. Congressman Michael J. Harrington of Massachusetts, who recently returned from Vietnam, will be featured speaker. Mr. Harrington, 35, of Salem is the first Democratic Congressman to present the Sixth Massachusetts District since 1970. The meeting which is open to the public, will be held at the Randolph Country Club. Tickets are $4. Seventh grade pupils in the biology classes taught by John Doherty at the Kennedy Junior High School are out getting their own animal specimens as part of their study. The field in and around the Kennedy Jr. High serves as an extended science laboratory for the pupils. Mr. Doherty feels that this outdoor experience helps to reinforce their biology work in school. In order to prepare for this project the students made all the nets and the traps which they use to collect the animals. These animals which are captured are later identified in the classroom. This part of the program is the culminating activity for this year. However, due to the success of the project, Mr. Doherty plans to conduct similar programs during the entire school year in the future, starting in the fall. Combining his interest in photography with his science class, Mr. Doherty has captured some interesting views of the pupils at work on specimen collecting.
Army S-4 Donald M. Sheppard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl M. Sheppard of 23 Royal St., has been assigned to the 198th Infantry Brigade in Vietnam. The 20 year old soldier is serving as a security guard in Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion of the Brigade s 82nd Field Artillery near Da Nang. S-4 Sheppard, a 1970 Randolph High graduate, entered the Army in January 1971 and completed basic training at Fort Dix, serving at Fort Carson, Colorado, before going to Vietnam.
David Allen Lambert is a local historian and the author of the illustrated history: Images of America Stoughton (2001), Vital Records of Stoughton to the end of the year 1850 (2008), and Postcard History of Stoughton (2009), and co-author with Brenda Lea Lambert of Stoughton in the 20th Century (2015). He is also a columnist writing a weekly column on Stoughton, and Randolph history. David is Vice President the Stoughton Historical Society, and on Board of Trustees of the Stoughton Public Library.
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