Southwest plane diverted as passengers act ‘unruly’

Posted at 2:21 PM, Nov 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-22 16:21:22-05
By Susanna Capelouto


(CNN) — A Southwest Airlines flight from Indianapolis to Los Angeles was diverted to Kansas City on Sunday morning because of suspicious behavior by some passengers, according to Kansas City airport officials.

“We are characterizing (the behavior) as unruly,” airport spokesman Joe McBride told CNN in a statement.

Several passengers did not follow “crew instruction upon takeoff and continued to exhibit suspicious behavior inflight,” according to Southwest Airlines.

The passengers were taken off the plane and questioned by law enforcement, according to the FBI.

All other passengers deplaned as police dogs searched the plane as a safety measure, McBride said.

The passengers reboarded and Flight 5929 continued to Los Angeles.

After questioning, the three “unruly” passengers were rebooked on a later flight.

Their nationality has not been released.

CNN’s Mayra Cuevas, George Montgomery and Chuck Johnston contributed to this report.