‘Unruly passenger’ forces Miami-bound flight to land in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A flight from Chicago to Miami was diverted to Nashville International Airport Monday morning because of an “unruly passenger,” according to an airport spokesperson.

Kym Gerlock, the Director of Communications at Nashville International Airport said the American Airlines flight landed in Nashville around 8:20 a.m. after the airline reported a passenger had “interfered with a flight attendant and was verbally abusive.”

The passenger was removed from the plane and the flight continued to Miami, Gerlock explained.

A spokesperson for American Airlines said flight 1452 originated at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and was en route to Miami International Airport, when it was diverted to Nashville.

The airline spokesperson said law enforcement at Nashville International Airport met the aircraft when it landed and the passenger exited the plane, allowing the flight to continue to its destination.

No charges were placed against the passenger, Gerlock added.

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