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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.

58 COMMENTS

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46.

GinFizz    

Tickets should be sold on the weight you add to the plane, including luggage. Safety is the issue. When a person cannot sit in one seat, he/she must pay for two! Or bringing your whole closet aboard, you should pay extra.

933 days ago
47.

Jim Boyd    

I don't have a lot of time to work out this material (I gotta go outside and finish pullin' the weeds outta the monkey grass), but here's a start if others want to take the ball here and finish this little Country Music ballad, which has no basis in reality, for John Rich!! Here's the refrain and some notes so have at it! (And remember... you heard it from me here, folks!):
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(SFX of traffic control raido speak and BG music lead in to lyrics. As the song progresses, the BG raido chatter imperceptively turns from air traffic control chatter to police raido chatter.)

Oh, why? Oh, why??
They say I'm too hammered to fly??
They say I was already airborne,
before we took to the sky?
Oh, why? Oh, why??
Am I too hammered to fly??

Oh, why? Oh, why??
They say I'm too hammered to fly??
It turned to big mess
when I kissed me a stewardess
Oh, why? Oh, why??
Am I too hammered to fly??

Oh, why? Oh, why??
They say I'm too hammered to fly??
It was not really thrillin'
to meet Air Marshall Dillion
Oh, why? Oh, why??
Am I too hammered to fly??

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Notes and pieces-parts
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Contrails
****tails

Jim Beam
jetstream

runway
fun way

I shouldn't have messed
with that big dude from the Southwest

danged airport security
done cuffed me and stuffed me

Going out the wrong way
as I exit the jetway

I was booked there for first class
now I'm out on my drunk ass

I gotta get home from Vegas
Ah, hell this a big mess

rant and cuss
while I'm boarding a bus

Hell, gettin' back may take days
Cause I'm riding with Trailways

842 days ago
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