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Plane rerouted due to 'suspicious' behavior

Posted at 11:30 AM, Nov 22, 2015

Scripps stations WRTV in Indianapolis and KSHB in Kansas City report that Southwest Flight 5929, a flight from Indianapolis to Los Angeles, was diverted to Kansas City on Sunday morning due to "suspicious" behavior from some of the plane's passengers.

The Kansas City office of the FBI says at least three individuals were removed from the plane upon arrival in Kansas City and removed from the plane for questioning. They have since been cleared and booked on a later flight to continue their journey to Los Angeles.

As a safety precaution, the remaining passengers on the plane were temporarily taken off the plane. K-9 units swept the aircraft, according to the FBI.

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Southwest Airlines released a statement on the situation. 

The airline says the flight crew made the decision to divert the plane after "several passengers" did not follow instructions when the flight initially took off. 

That behavior continued during the flight, according to Southwest Airlines. 

Full statement:

This morning Southwest Flight 5929, originally scheduled to fly from Indianapolis to Los Angeles, was diverted to Kansas City International airport at  approximately 7:50 a.m. The flight Crew made the decision to divert to Kansas City in response to several passengers who did not follow Crew instruction upon takeoff and continued to exhibit suspicious behavior inflight.  All passengers were deplaned and those involved are currently being questioned by law enforcement.  As a further security measure, the aircraft and bags were thoroughly checked before the flight was re-boarded. The remaining Customers departed Kansas City at 9:20 a.m., arriving in Los Angeles approximately one hour behind schedule. Our Crews are responsible for each Customer, on every flight and continue to keep Safety as their primary focus.