Suspicious Behavior Of Passengers Detours LA-bound Southwest Flight

Suspicious Behavior Of Passengers Detours LA-bound Southwest Flight
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Suspicious behavior from several passengers forced a Southwest Airlines flight to make an unscheduled landing in Kansas City on Sunday. Upon searching the plane, no explosives were found and the flight resumed later.


Airport spokesman, Joe McBride, said that Flight 5929 from Indianapolis to Los Angeles made an unscheduled landing in Kansas City at about 7:50 a.m. The passengers were asked to evacuate the plane and sniffing dogs searched the flight. However, no explosives were discovered. The flight resumed at about 9:30 a.m.

According to KSHB-TV, three passengers were subjected to questioning. Law enforcement searched plane at the Kansas City airport.

“The flight crew diverted the flight to Kansas City out of an abundance of caution based upon suspicious behavior displayed by several passengers,” McBride said, as reported by USA Today, adding that no explosives were found on the plane.

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The flight was one hour behind schedule when it landed in Los Angeles, Southwest said. In a statement, it said, “The flight crew made the decision to divert to Kansas City in response to several passengers who did not follow crew instruction upon takeoff and continued to exhibit suspicious behavior inflight. Our crews are responsible for each customer, on every flight and continue to keep safety as their primary focus.”

FBI spokeswoman, Bridget Patton, said the passengers held for questioning were rebooked to later flights. They were not charged. While she said the flight had reported their behavior as “unruly,” she couldn’t furnish any further details about what they were doing.