Drunken John Rich Thrown Off Airplane

Drunken John Rich Thrown Off Airplane

John Rich must still have been celebrating his Celebrity Apprentice victory yesterday… . The clever country singer was booted off of his Southwest flight because he was too drunk to fly – and we don’t mean fly the plane. The flight was scheduled to take Rich from Las Vegas to Nashville but crew members decided that he was not in shape to make the trip. Apparently Rich is a happy drunk as he gave the flight attendants no hassles and went peacefully off the plane. Maybe John Rich’s next TV appearance will be on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew!

TMZ broke the story: 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 for comment — so far, no response.

Should we expect a forthcoming country tune from Rich something like ‘Drunk And Deplaned.’

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