February 18 2020
PORTLAND, Ore. -- United Airlines Flight 251 was diverted to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport for several hours. Upon landing in Chicago, three passengers were removed from the plane after they did not follow flight crew's instructions.
The flight originated from Dulles International Airport in Washington DC, to Portland International Airport.
The diversion took place two hours into the flight at around 7:30 p.m. central time yesterday.
All 130 passengers were removed from the aircraft then rescreened by security before they reboarded.
A flight spokesperson said the three passengers that were removed were not allowed to reboard the plane.
Flight 251 landed in Portland at 12:45 a.m. PST today.
One passenger said the flight was strange and frightening. A young male passenger said he had been sick and went to the rear of the aircraft and lay down on the floor in front of the emergency exit door. He said the flight crew insisted the man who said he was sick return to his seat but that the man refused or ignored the demands of the flight crew.
"They just told us there were some strange goings on in the back of the plane. And for security reasons that we sat on the ground a lot longer," said Cliff Robinett, a passenger on the flight. "They had us deplane. They also had us go through security again, the TSA, and then we had to reboard again."
There is no clear word yet if the three passengers accused of being disruptive were detained in Chicago or found other flights.
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