Passenger kicked off flight for poking snoring seatmate with pen

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A Southwest Airlines spokesperson said a passenger was removed from the flight leaving Midway Airport for "poking her seatmate with a pen to stop him from snoring." (WLS)

A passenger was removed from a Southwest Airlines plane after what airline officials called a "disturbance" on board the jet.

A Southwest spokesperson said a passenger on Flight 577 was removed for "poking her seatmate with a pen to stop him from snoring."

The Chicago Fire Department was called to evaluate the man, who was not seriously injured. It appears he was able to continue on the flight to New Hampshire.

The flight was scheduled to leave Midway Airport at 1:15 p.m. Thursday afternoon, but was delayed two hours due to the incident.

Southwest said the passenger who was removed will be accommodated on another flight.

There's no word yet of any charges being filed.

This photo appears to show the alleged victim's arm after the confrontation.


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