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The Latest: Disruptive passenger to get competency exam

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a man who caused a disruption on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

A federal judge in Hawaii has ordered a man who disrupted a flight between Los Angeles and Honolulu to undergo a mental competency evaluation.

Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren suspended a court hearing Monday for 25-year-old Anil Uskanli of Turkey and ordered the evaluation.

Before the brief hearing, he spoke with a Turkish interpreter.

Uskanli had exhibited strange behavior on last Friday’s American Airlines flight from Los Angeles, including wearing a blanket on his head as he tried to access first class.

He was blocked by a flight attendant with a serving cart and faces a charge of interfering with a flight crew.

Authorities say he needed a wheelchair to board the plane because he appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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1:40 p.m.

A criminal complaint says a man who caused a disturbance on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu had no luggage other than a laptop and needed a wheelchair to board the plane because he appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The complaint released Monday also said 25-year-old Anil Uskanli had a phone when he boarded Friday’s American Airlines flight.

Authorities say he had walked into a restricted area at Los Angeles International Airport before the flight and had been drinking but wasn’t drunk.

Passengers say he acted strangely during the flight, including pounding on walls when someone walked into a restroom he had left unlocked.

An FBI agent who interviewed him after landing says in the complaint that he threatened to kill her.

Uskanli has been charged with interference with a flight crew and is being held in a federal detention center. He is due in court later Monday.

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