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Police called to meet flight due to 'verbally abusive' teen

Jan. 1, 2014 at 4:48 PM   |   Comments

HOUSTON, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Houston police were called to meet an arriving flight at Hobby Airport on a report of a foul-mouthed teenager, but no arrests were made, airport officials said.

Darian Ward, spokeswoman for the Houston Airport System, said officers met the Southwest Airlines flight from Albuquerque when it arrived at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, but they determined there was no serious threat and no arrests were made, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.

Ward said officers determined the situation was "no big deal."

Police spokesman Victor Senties said a 16-year-old passenger became irate and swore at a flight attendant after refusing to comply with repeated requests to remove his headphones.

Southwest Airlines released a statement saying the passenger was "verbally abusive."

"Out of an abundance of caution, the captain declared a threat and asked for local law enforcement to meet the aircraft at the gate in Houston. The flight landed safely and without incident," the statement read.

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