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Flight en route to Providence grounded, 3 removed

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Dee DeQuatto


A Southwest flight from Orlando to Providence was grounded by Homeland Security, FBI and Federal Aviation Services late Tuesday night and three passengers were removed.

The captain of the flight declared an emergency on board and grounded the plane carrying 134 passengers and 5 crew members at Charleston International Airport.

According to a statement from the Charleston County Aviation Authority, officials responded to the flight as it landed at the airport and removed three passengers who were "unruly," "disruptive," and "failed to adhere to flight crew instructions."

At 12:03 a.m. Wednesday, the flight departed Charleston International Airport for Providence.

The three men where temporarily detained and they have since been released when nothing suspicious was found. Reports indicate the men were being suspicious about their luggage and complying with the airlines regulations.

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