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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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1.

Superman    

Who?

998 days ago
2.

Bud    

What? A redneck who got drunk? Say it aint so!

998 days ago
3.

pimpc    

Wonder if he'll play the race card like......

998 days ago
4.

kim    

GOOD anyone that ACTS like an IDIOT SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO STAY ON A PLANE....

998 days ago
5.

Tim    

Wonder if he rode a cowboy home.

998 days ago
6.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

It's because he's white.

998 days ago
7.

jdr    

Southwest kicks off anybody. I normally trust the airlines except if it's Southwest in these situations.

998 days ago
8.

Jessica    

I had a layover in Vegas once, and they let a girl who was so drunk she had crapped her pants, get on the plane. Her boyfriend washed her up and changed her clothes and she was so drunk she didn't know what was going on.

998 days ago
9.

Whatever    

You've got a lot of class, John. Too bad it's all third. Douche.

998 days ago
10.

LibA    

As a Southwest gate agent in Vegas, I feel inclined to respond to Jessica about letting drunks on. Yes, we do know many people board our aircraft after having some drinks. However, realistically, if we denied boarding to everyone that had a drink before getting on the aircraft in Vegas, seriously we would only be letting about 10% of our passengers fly.
People think that just because Vegas is an "adult playground" it gives them free reign to act a fool, not follow laws, and treat people like garbage.

I guess the truth of human nature comes out when people feel like they are allowed to do as they please.

998 days ago
11.

daRock    

The really reason is he doesn't like the way SW Airlines treat lesbians making out on their planes....

998 days ago
12.

Ratings Needed    

This isn't John Rich's first or last public drunken display...I'm surprised he didn't get into a fight as reported before... and LibA is 100% right about 'tourists' that come here/LV they act like fools and think there are no laws here, well guess what we have some very strick DUI laws, also no open containers in vehicles.

998 days ago
13.

Joe    

to all the blacks out there that pull the race card, please note.
a white guy takes responsibility for his actions (as stupid as they may be) when he gets gets kicked off a plane. he DOESN'T pull the race card. please read this and understand.

998 days ago
14.

UPYOURS    

Never heard of him, lol. Don't care who you are, why should the other passengers have to tolerate a drunken horse's ass?

998 days ago
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Amber    

He was in VEGAS people... Why would race have anything at all to do with this??? And is there really a need to call him a redneck?!?! That redneck has more $$ than most of us could ever dream of having, so leave the ignorance at home folks....

998 days ago
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