According to the Associated Press, an American Airlines flight was grounded after passengers complained about 6 men who were speaking Arabic. The men had been hired by a company called Defense Training Systems to train Marines at Camp Pendleton.
American Airlines spokesperson Tim Wagner said that local law enforcement was called in to question the men but the TSA did not get involved. He also said that passenger traveling with two small children got into an argument with the men, but declined to say what it was about.
[Dave Stephens from Defense Training Systems] said some passengers complained after hearing the men speak in Arabic, but he declined to elaborate.
“I wish I could say more because I have personal feelings but this is what I’m allowed to say,” he said.
The plane returned to the terminal at 11:26 p.m. and was held overnight because of an 11:30 p.m. curfew at Lindbergh Field. The were 126 passengers booked on the flight.
The flight left San Diego Wednesday morning and arrived in Chicago in the afternoon.
People, let’s try to behave ourselves on the airplane? Shall we?
Plane bound for Chicago held after dispute involving Arabic-speaking men [Chicago Tribune]