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Flight diverted to toss passenger who won't stop singing Whitney Houston

May 14, 2013|By Hugo Martin

Singing on a commercial flight is not illegal but apparently it can get you thrown off a plane if you refuse to stop.

That was the lesson learned by a woman on an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York last week. The flight was diverted to Kansas City because she was disruptive and apparently refused to stop singing.

Her song of choice? "I Will Always Love You," the Dolly Parton tune made famous by Whitney Houston in the movie "The Bodyguard."

The incident was caught on video by other passengers on the May 9 flight.

American Airlines would only say that the flight was diverted because of a "disruptive passenger."

One video shows a woman being led off the plane in handcuffs as she continues to belt out the love ballad.

A report by Kansas City International Airport police identified the passenger as Margaret Gay, 50, of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Witnesses told airport police that Gay was loud and disruptive and interfered with the flight crew, according to the report, which also said she was offered medical attention but refused to accept it.

Transportation Security Administration officials at the airport declined to file charges against Gay, but American Airlines refused to let her back on the plane, the report said.

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