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'I Will Always Love You' Singer Grounds American Airlines Flight (Video)

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:10 AM

By Megan Anderle

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American Airlines passengers weren't listening to Whitney Houston singing "I Will Always Love You" in the movie "The Bodyguard." Instead it was a passenger warbling the song, almost nonstop, and her rendition was so bad the plane eventually had to be grounded.

A flight from Los Angeles International Airport to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport last Thursday was diverted to Kansas City International Airport because of a disruptive passenger who was belting out the soulful ballad.

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"The woman was being disruptive and was removed from the plane for interfering with the flight crew," Kansas City airport spokesman Joe McBride tells Kansas City's KCTV Channel 5. "There was a federal air marshal on the aircraft, who subdued the woman and put her in cuffs and removed her from the plane."

A video a passenger discreetly took of scene shows a police officer escorting a woman off the plane as she sings the powerful song a capella, horribly off-key.

"I can confirm that she was singing 'I Will Always Love You' as she was escorted off the plane," said Tom McKenna, a Kansas City International Airport spokesman.

At Kansas City, the disruptive passenger was interviewed and released without charge. She was, however, forced to make her own travel arrangements home.

"The passenger was detained, not arrested, and then released pending further investigation by the TSA (Transportation Safety Administration) and federal air marshals," McKenna said.

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Kansas City's KMBC TV Channel 9 reports the woman told authorities that she's diabetic and claimed her behavior stemmed from that.

Dolly Parton originally wrote and sang "I will always love you" in the 1970s, and Houston remade it in 1991.

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