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Police investigating flights diverted for suspicious passengers, bomb threats

Police investigating flights diverted for suspicious passengers, bomb threats

By Bart Jansen, USA TODAY

A Southwest Airlines flight made an unscheduled landing in Kansas City on Sunday because of suspicious behavior of several passengers, but no explosives were found aboard the plane and the flight later resumed, officials said.

Flight 5929 from Indianapolis to Los Angeles landed in Kansas City about 7:50 a.m., according to airport spokesman Joe McBride. As a precaution, all passengers exited the plane and bomb-sniffing dogs searched the plane, but found no explosives. The flight resumed about 9:30 a.m.

Three passengers were questioned by law enforcement officers, but were rebooked on a later flight, he said.

"The flight crew diverted the flight to Kansas City out of an abundance of caution based upon suspicious behavior displayed by several passengers," McBride said.

Southwest said the flight arrived in Los Angeles about one hour behind schedule.

"The flight crew made the decision to divert to Kansas City in response to several passengers who did not follow crew instruction upon takeoff and continued to exhibit suspicious behavior inflight," Southwest said in a statement. "Our crews are responsible for each customer, on every flight and continue to keep safety as their primary focus."

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