U.S. Probes Attempted Cockpit Breach on American Air Jet

The U.S. is probing an attempted cockpit breach on an American Airlines flight to Honolulu after a passenger placed a laptop near the cockpit door, said a person familiar with the matter.

The passenger was restrained by law enforcement and other fliers on Flight 31 from Los Angeles, the person said. The severity of the threat was still unclear. The pilots made a gradual descent from cruise altitude to lower levels out of precaution to limit the potential damage in the event there was an explosion, according to the official.

The Airbus SE A321 jet landed safely at 11:35 a.m. local time and security officers met the plane on the ground, Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for American, said by email.

The incident occurred as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is considering banning laptops and other electronic devices larger than mobile…

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