Southwest flight diverted over "disruptive" passenger

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 18, 2011 9:03 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Kansas City from Los Angeles made an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas on Tuesday after a passenger became disruptive, an airline spokeswoman said.

The passenger, who was not immediately identified, was taken off Flight 3683 by Amarillo police, Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Ashley Dillon told Reuters.

"We had 136 passengers on board and one of those passengers became disruptive and our flight crew decided to land the aircraft," Dillon said. "Local authorities in Amarillo removed the passenger from the flight, and the flight took off to Kansas City without that passenger on board."

Dillon said she had no further details about the passenger's disruptive behavior but that the airline was "working with local authorities" on their investigation."

A Transportation Safety Administration spokesman said law enforcement was questioning the passenger.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman referred calls seeking comment about the incident to the Transportation Safety Administration. Amarillo police could not immediately be reached for comment.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb and Cynthia Johnston)