Woman kicked off plane for singing Whitney Houston's hit

May 14, 2013, 10:03 IST | Agencies

This is one passenger who doesn't have "the voice."

An American Airlines pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger refused to stop singing Whitney Houston’s hit song I Will Always Love You.

The woman had been belting out Whitney Houston songs, but failed to wow those on board with the painful renditions. Despite staff telling passengers they could not take photographs while on board the aircraft, one managed to briefly film the woman being escorted down the aircraft’s aisle in handcuffs — still singing the 1990s pop song.

Whitney Houston

Footage taken shows just how underwhelming the performance was, with the person claiming she had been screaming and singing for an hour. The solo performance began shortly into the flight from Los Angeles to New York and her crooning quickly became too much for passengers and staff on the domestic flight. The pilot was forced to change course halfway through the six hour flight and make an unscheduled stop at Kansas City so officers could escort the woman from the plane.

Airport spokesman Joe McBride told a local newschannel: “The woman was being disruptive and was removed from the plane for interfering with the flight crew. There was a federal air marshal on the aircraft, who subdued the woman and put her in cuffs and removed her from the plane.”

The woman was interviewed and later released without charge. While the song she chose to entertain her fellow passengers with is best known for Whitney Houston’s cover in the film The Bodyguard, it was originally released by country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton in 1974.

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