“Unruly” passenger forces Southwest flight to make emergency landing in Arkansas

A Southwest Airlines flight from Houston, Texas to Columbus, Ohio, made an emergency landing in Little Rock, Arkansas on Saturday afternoon due to a passenger disturbance.

Southwest Flight 192 landed at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport at 3:30 p.m. local time, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to CBS News in a statement, adding that “the crew declared an emergency due to a passenger disturbance.”

An airline spokesperson described the incident in an email to CBS News as “unruly behavior from a passenger.”

An airline spokeswoman said the passenger was removed from the plane upon landing in Little Rock. The FAA said the plane was met by officials from both the Transportation Security Administration and local law enforcement.

The FBI also confirmed to CBS News that it is investigating the incident. No further details have been confirmed. The identity of the suspect and the charges against him were not immediately available.

The FAA said the plane had departed William P. Hobby Airport and was headed to John Glenn Columbus International Airport when it was diverted.

disruptive behavior of passengers on planes has been an important issue over the past few years. In 2021, 5,981 such incidents were reported to the FAA. The FAA has received 2,178 reports of unruly behavior from passengers so far this year, prompting more than 760 investigations.

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