Southwest Flight Headed to LAX Is Diverted Due to Passengers’ Suspicious Behavior: FBI

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Three people were being questioned after suspicious behavior from passengers on board a Southwest Airlines flight headed to LAX prompted it to be diverted to Kansas City Sunday morning, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigations spokesperson.

The 100-foot LAX Gateway pylons at Los Angeles International Airport are lit green on March 23, 2013. (Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

The 100-foot LAX Gateway pylons at Los Angeles International Airport are lit green on March 23, 2013. (Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

The crew on flight 5929 diverted the plane to Kansas City "out of an abundance of caution" due to the suspicious behavior, the spokesperson said in an email statement.

Passengers were "deplaned," and three were being questioned, according to the statement. Further details about the people and their behavior was not provided.

After officials, including K-9 teams, swept the aircraft, passengers were re-boarded. The plane departed to its intended destination - the Los Angeles International Airport - around 9:20 a.m.

Online flight records showed the plane had initially left from Indianapolis, and the ordeal caused a one-hour delay from its scheduled landing time.

Correction: A previous version of this article gave incorrect location for where the flight was diverted. This story has been updated with the correct information.

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