Wednesday, May 09, 2007

'Dog' Chapman the bounty hunter removed from United flight

News media are reporting that Duane "Dog" Chapman and his family were removed from a United Airlines flight yesterday after a dispute with a flight attendant. Chapman, the 'bounty hunter' of reality TV fame, reportedly was traveling with his wife and two sons from Honolulu to Denver.

The incident happened at Los Angeles International Airport where they family had arrived a short time before, and had boarded United Flight 386, their connecting flight to Denver. The aircraft had just pushed back from the gate at LAX when, reports say, there was an altercation in the first class section between the bounty hunter's wife, Beth Chapman, and a flight attendant.

KWGN News 2 in Denver reports:
A witness account said the problem arose when a flight attendant noticed that Duane Chapman, who was asleep, did not have his seatbelt fastened. The witness said his wife, Beth, was unhappy with the fact that the flight attendant nudged Chapman to tell him to put on the seatbelt.

"The disruption on the flight affected our other customers on the flight and our safety regulations," said [United spokesperson] Urbanski.

Airport police officers met the aircraft at the gate, and the flight attendant asked that the Chapmans be removed from the flight. There were no arrests, and Duane Chapman was apologetic, according to police.
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin adds the detail that "the Chapmans were disrupting the flight by being loud and using profanity."

Duane, Beth, Timothy and Leland Chapman were rebooked on another flight to Denver.

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