December 06, 2011 05:47:07 GMT
Southwest Airlines confirms that there was a passenger that was deemed 'not fit for travel' by the crew, but refuses to say whether he is the former Big and Rich member.
Words spread recently that John Rich got kicked off a Southwest flight from Las Vegas to Nashville on Sunday, December 4 for being too drunk to fly. In response to the report, a spokesman for the former Big & Rich member told E! News, "Did John Rich have a great time with fans in Las Vegas? Yes. Was there an altercation? Absolutely not."
In a previous report, TMZ dished that the winner of "The Celebrity Apprentice" appeared to be intoxicated and got into a verbal argument with other passengers prior to boarding the flight. He allegedly continued to exhibit drunken behavior inside the main cabin. Though so, the 37-year-old was said to be cooperative and calm when asked to get off the plane.
A representative for Southwest Airlines confirmed that such incident did occur, but refused to name the passenger. In a statement released to the press, the rep explained, "Our crew assessed the situation and determined that the passenger was not fit for travel. The decision was based on governing federal aviation (FAA) regulations that our crew must follow."
"The customer was immediately rebooked on a later Southwest flight out of Las Vegas, but chose to make alternative travel arrangements. We have processed a refund for the customer and his travel companion. Our Employees are responsible for the safety and comfort of everyone onboard a flight. If we can mitigate an uncomfortable situation prior to departure, it is our preference to do so and that is what happened in this scenario."