Couple's ‘Small Verbal Argument' Causes American Airlines Flight to Turn Around, Land at O'Hare: Police

A “disruptive passenger” forced an American Airlines crew on a Toronto-bound flight from O’Hare International Airport to return to Chicago, a spokeswoman said.

American Airlines flight 3284 took off Wednesday from O’Hare shortly after 5 p.m. but had to turn around and head back to Chicago midflight due to the passenger being disruptive, a spokeswoman for the airline said. Police were waiting at the airport when the plane landed, she said.

Police said a couple was arguing midflight to the point where the plane turned around and landed. They were removed after the “small verbal argument," police said. There were no visible injuries and no charges were filed, police said.

The flight was delayed several hours and scheduled to re-depart for Toronto at 6:55 p.m.

American Airlines booked the couple on a later flight, Chicago police said.

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