Boston-bound flight diverted to Kansas City due to unruly passenger

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2017, file photo, a pair of American Airlines jets are parked on the airport apron at Miami International Airport in Miami. American Airlines is threatening to prohibit customers from making changes to nonrefundable tickets if Congress makes good on a proposal to crack down on unreasonable airline fees. American CEO Doug Parker says his airline would be acting just like many other businesses when customers want to swap their ticket for a different flight or for another day. "We - like the baseball team, like the opera - would say, 'We're sorry, it was nonrefundable,'" Parker said this week. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
American Airlines jets in Miami, as pictured in 2017.

A flight to Boston had to be diverted to Kansas City International Airport because of an unruly passenger Monday night, airport officials said.

Joe McBride, a spokesman for Kansas City International Airport, said American Airlines flight 2763 from Phoenix to Boston landed in Missouri at 7:44 p.m. and law enforcement interviewed the passenger and his companion.

According to WBZ-TV, witnesses reported that the disruptive passenger appeared to be intoxicated and at one point was doing pull-ups on the overhead luggage compartments.


“The flight attendant probably asked him three or four times to sit down and he refused to sit down, and then he really got verbally abusive with her, starting calling her names,” passenger David Markoski told WBZ-TV.

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Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for American Airlines, confirmed the stopover in Kansas City and said the “passenger was removed by law enforcement, and [the] flight re-departed for Boston.”

FBI agents met the plane at Kansas City and interviewed the passenger, said Bridget Patton, spokeswoman for the FBI’s Kansas City field office. “The FBI did speak with the passenger . . . The passenger was removed from the plane,’’ she said in a telephone interview. “No one was taken into custody nor have charges been filed.”

McBride said the flight departed at 9:38 p.m. and resumed its journey to Boston. It arrived at Logan International Airport at 1:09 a.m. Tuesday, according to the American Airlines website.

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