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Anger In The Air: Airlines Define What's 'Unruly'

MSNBC.COM - To be an "unruly" passenger these days likely means one of three things: exhibiting violent or dangerous behavior that could pose a security risk; engaging in confrontational behavior with the flight crew that might escalate throughout the trip; or, unwittingly signaling to the flight crew that a problem could develop en route.

The solution to each of these scenarios can often be to remove the passenger in question. That approach is clear-cut when the problem is a volatile individual who is exhibiting erratic or threatening behavior.

Last week, for example, a Southwest flight headed to Los Angeles was diverted to Texas when a man began screaming obscenities in the cabin. When the plane landed in Amarillo, the man was arrested.

The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has reported more than 3,000 unruly passenger incidents since 1995.

However, several airlines have recently booted passengers who were not necessarily obvious threats. Click here to read more

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