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Six Disorderly Passengers Force Emergency Landing at Texas Airport

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | September 01, 2015

Six Disorderly Passengers Force Emergency Landing at Texas Airport

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A Southwest Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing Monday night in Texas after six disorderly passengers were involved in a midair altercation.

As per a report from Shamar Walters of, Southwest Airlines Flight 1522 was en route from San Diego International Airport to Chicago Midway when six of the passengers onboard became disruptive.

Pilot and crew decided the disorderly passengers could potentially cause problems and were forced to divert the plane to Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport in Amarillo, Texas.

Police officers were dispatched to the airport in a response to a call from security officials asking for assistance at around 10:20 p.m. local time. After arriving at the scene and questioning passengers and airline employees, authorities placed all six disorderly passengers under arrest at around 2:30 a.m. local time Tuesday morning.

Southwest Airlines released a statement about the incident, saying, “Several passengers traveling together became disorderly and, subsequently, refused to obey instructions from the crew. Out of an abundance of caution, the pilots in command of the flight diverted to Amarillo where law enforcement officials met the aircraft and detained six individuals. Additionally, six other members of the group chose to deplane and remain in Amarillo. The flight eventually continued on to Chicago where it landed without further incident.”

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