A Southwest Airlines flight headed from Indianapolis to Los Angeles was diverted to Kansas City to be searched after several passengers were reported to be behaving suspiciously.
FBI spokesperson Bridget Patton in Kansas City stated, “The flight crew diverted the flight to Kansas City out of an abundance of caution based upon suspicious behavior displayed by several passengers.”
All of the passengers were removed from the plane and the passengers in question were detained and interviewed by law enforcement. The passengers were later re-booked to continue to their destination on a different flight.
When asked what constituted as “suspicious behavior,” Patton replied in an email saying the passengers were being “unruly.”
Once the passengers were removed from the plan, authorities in Kansas City searched the plane with a K-9 dog unit. The plane landed at Kansas City at 7:50 a.m. CT (1350 GMT) in Kansas City and departed for Los Angeles at 9:20 a.m. CT.
Southwest stated this was “in response to several passengers who did not follow crew instruction upon takeoff and continued to exhibit suspicious behavior in flight.”
Security officials around the world continue to be on high alert after the attacks in Paris killed more than 100 people last week.
It was not made clear how many passengers were on the flight or how many were considered “suspicious”.
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