American Airlines Passenger ‘Deplaned' at O'Hare After Refusing to Turn Off Phone, Airline Says

A plane preparing to depart from Chicago returned to its gate after a passenger would not follow crewmembers’ instructions to turn off his phone Wednesday, an airline spokesperson confirmed.

American Airlines Flight 168 from O'Hare to Raleigh-Durham was taxiing, the spokesperson said, when it returned to its gate to deplane the defiant passenger.

The flight then departed for Raleigh-Durham.

No other details were immediately available.

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