Country Singer John Rich Reportedly Forced Off Southwest Flight

According to media reports, country singer/songwriter John Rich of the duo Big & Rich was asked to get off his Southwest flight before take-off from Las Vegas due to allegedly “drunken behavior.” The flight was due to depart at 10:50 a.m. Sunday.

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TMZ reports that Rich was “cooperative and calm” as he exited the plane, although before boarding the  aircraft, the 37-year-old singer reportedly got into a verbal argument with fellow passengers.

Southwest would not name the passenger they deemed “unfit to fly,” although they did say the customer was given a refund when he opted for alternative travel plans.

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Rich made no specific reference to the incident on his Twitter feed, although he apparently enjoyed his time in Nevada, tweeting the following message Monday afternoon: “Had fun with the folks in Vegas! What a great night!”

Earlier this year, Rich became the big winner on the Celebrity Apprentice show where he raised more than $1 million dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Nashville-based country singer is married and the father of two sons, Cash and Colt.


Published: December 5, 2011