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John Rich

Booted From Southwest Plane --

Allegedly Too Hammered to Fly

12/5/2011 11:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Country singer John Rich was 86'd from a Southwest airplane yesterday ... after crew members determined he was too inebriated to make the trip from Vegas to Nashville ... TMZ has learned.

Sources on the flight tell us ... the "Big & Rich" singer appeared drunk as he was boarding the flight, which was scheduled to depart at 10:50 AM.  Hey, it's Vegas ...

We're told Rich got into a verbal argument with a couple of passengers BEFORE boarding the plane ... and continued to display drunken behavior once he was allowed inside the main cabin.

Crew members approached Rich, determined they could not permit him to stay on the flight, and asked him to get off the plane. We're told the singer was cooperative and calm as he exited the aircraft.

A rep for Southwest confirmed a passenger was kicked off the flight, but would not release the person's name.

The rep tells us, "Our crew assessed the situation and determined that the passenger was not fit for travel under governing federal aviation regulations."

The statement continues, "The customer was 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."

We reached out to Rich's rep, who denied there was ever an altercation -- but the rep wouldn't comment further.

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16.

patty    

geez - southwest better stop throwing every one off their planes or they won't have any customers left - i personally don't fly them any more - jet blue cheaper and alot nicer

992 days ago
17.

BB not bb    

Well he did the smart thing. He just quietly walked off and said fine, I'll get my own travel if I am not good enough for your plane. Now he is getting a refund and no further trouble, like being arrested.

These crews seem pretty judgemental any more. If he argues with people and is drunk, that means he can't ride a plane? I guess that means a lot of people on trains and subways and busses don't qualify to take public transprotation either.

Maybe they wanted him to go off on them, but he knew better and just left. Good. I hope these flight crews learn some manners and respect themselves. People usually get drunk in first class anyway so that they can stand being locked in a flying can for hours.

992 days ago
18.

Heather    

The most shocking thing about this story is that an airline issued a REFUND? How the hell did he get THAT magic to happen?

992 days ago
19.

nyc44th    

Wha? A pick up truck driving red neck who got drunk and acted like a pick up driving red neck? No way!!

992 days ago
20.

PokerStar    

If JR's people read TMZ, I am sure they are all embarrassed. I don't know if he has a drinking "problem," but if he comes out with a statement that he will be getting some help, you can take it to the bank. Let's hope he does, if he has a "problem."

992 days ago
21.

patty    

lmao! if southwests starts throwing off all white trash - they won't have any customers

992 days ago
22.

chrystie wooley    

Comment #15. What the heck does it matter if he has a lot of money or not. That has nothing to do with anything. He is a belligerent man when he drinks, who treats people horrible when he,s drunk. He needs help!!!!

992 days ago
23.

OooooNooo!    

"Red necks, white socks, and Pabst's Blue Ribbon beer". All the White Trash drink it.

992 days ago
24.

Franchesa    

I have attended many Nashville events with John Rich and he can get a little upset when things do not go his way. I respect the fact that he might have had some to drink. Airlines do serve drinks in and out. It is Vegas Baby :)
Love you no matter what John:)

992 days ago
25.

lee    

Trump to Rich: UR FIRED!

992 days ago
26.

Vernon P. Alarcon    

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lil drunk TWANGER!!!!!
..
Whose taller - Richie Rich Twanging Hillbilly or Harvehy Levin, the squinting gay dwarf???

992 days ago
27.

Horndog    

Let me guess - he didn't grasp the complexities of Southwest's Group A/B/C boarding process and started shouting "Do you know who I am?"

992 days ago
28.

snowcat    

Nothing good comes out of being drunk in the morning,
whether you're in Vegas or not.

992 days ago
29.

Youphemism    

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But sometimes you have to keep it company.

991 days ago
30.

C;YDE ALLEN    

John was at the airport bar.

991 days ago
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