Last-night a Southwest Airlines Flight 1522 from California headed for Chicago was diverted to Amarillo.

6 members of a San Diego soccer team were acting rudely and arguing with the flight crew. Pilots of Southwest Airlines contacted FAA and APD for assistance and 6 members of the soccer team were detained and transported to the Randle County jail.

Statement from Southwest Airlines:

Southwest flight #1522 from San Diego to Chicago’s Midway International Airport made an unscheduled stop at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport last night after several passengers traveling together became disorderly and, subsequently, refused to obey instructions from the crew.

Out of an abundance of caution, the pilots in command of the flight diverted to Amarillo where law enforcement officials met the aircraft and detained six individuals. Additionally, six other members of the group chose to deplane and remain in Amarillo. The flight eventually continued to Chicago where it landed without further incident.

Safety is the top priority at Southwest Airlines, and we will always take appropriate actions to ensure the safety and security of our crews and customers.

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