By Laura Ferreiro
As it turns out, it may be easier to get kicked off an airplane than you think. In addition to wearing improper attire, swearing loudly and fighting with fellow passengers, singing a famous song – badly – can have you escorted off by officers during an emergency landing.
This is what happened when a woman refused to stop singing Whitney Houston's rendition of "I Will Always Love You" on an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York on Thursday.
According to the Daily Mail, the woman was escorted off the plane in handcuffs. Because of her disruption, officials diverted the six-hour flight and the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in Kansas City.
Although passengers were asked not to film the incident, someone captured a brief video of the woman being walked off the plane while still singing the song loudly and off-key.
A Kansas City airport official told a local TV station that the woman, whose identity has not yet been revealed, was handcuffed by an air marshal who was already on board the flight and removed from the plane for being disruptive and interfering with the flight crew.
Her motive for singing the bittersweet love song is unclear; perhaps she was going through a difficult break up, or maybe she was hoping to launch her singing career. Whatever the case, it was not appreciated by her fellow passengers or the cabin crew.
"I Will Always Love You" was made famous by Whitney Houston in 1992 when the song appeared on the soundtrack to the movie "The Bodyguard" and became the best-selling single by a woman in music history. The song was originally written by Dolly Parton and released by the country crooner nearly 20 years earlier as a single on her 1974 solo album "Jolene."