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Video: American Airlines pilot says he’ll divert plane and strand Trump supporters in Kansas if they don’t ‘behave’

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A screengrab from a video showing passengers chanting on an American Airlines flight from Washington, DC, to Phoenix, Arizona, on January 8, 2021.
  • An American Airlines pilot taking passengers from Washington, DC, to Phoenix Friday warned them about their behavior.
  • Videos show that passengers were chanting pro-Trump slogans before being warned against disrupting the flight.
  • One captures the pilot saying: "We'll put this plane down in the middle of Kansas and dump people off — I don't care."
  • Flight data appears to show that the flight ultimately continued as planned. American defended the pilot in a statement.
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A pilot on an American Airlines flight from Washington, DC, to Phoenix, threatened to divert the plane and strand unruly Trump fans in Kansas.

The flight was on Friday, two days after a mob of Trump supporters broke into the US Capitol, which derailed Congress's session and led to five deaths.

From the beginning of the flight, Videos show people chanting "USA" and "fight for Trump."

Trump supporter Mindy Robinson, who posted one video, described the plane as "full of patriots." One of the videos shows several passengers wearing what appear to be red Trump hats.

The flight appears to have been AA 1242 from Reagan National Airport to Phoenix Sky Harbor, the only direct American service between the two cities that day.

A later video recorded the message from the pilot:

He said: "This is the way it's gonna be… it's a four and a half hour flight to Phoenix. We'll put this plane down in the middle of Kansas and dump people off - I don't care. We will do that if that's what it takes, so behave, please."

As this flight path map from the tracking site FlightRadar24 shows, Kansas is about half way along the journey from DC to Phoenix.

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The path of flight AA 1242 on January 8, 2021, according to FlightRadar24 data.

In a statement to the New York Post, American defended the pilot's actions and suggested that some passengers had also refused to comply with the requirement to wear a mask while flying.

The statement said the pilot was "emphasizing the importance of following crew member instructions and complying with mandatory face-covering policies."

The airline said there were no further issues during the flight. The service took off at 2:41 p.m. local time and reached Phoenix around four-and-a-half hours later, according to FlightRadar.

Business Insider has contacted American for further information.

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Pence asked a judge to kill a lawsuit filed by Trump fans seeking to empower him to overturn Biden’s election win on January 6

Mike Pence December 22, 2020
Vice President Mike Pence at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit, in West Palm Beach, Florida, on December 22, 2020.
  • Vice President Mike Pence responded late Thursday to a lawsuit by a group of Trump supporters hoping to push him to overturn Joe Biden's election victory.
  • It is part of a longshot bid to empower the Vice President to accept or reject the results of the presidential election in each state.
  • The Trump supporters, led by Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, asked a judge to tell Pence he has unilateral power to reject the results at a meeting of Congress on January 6.
  • But Pence wants no part of it — in his response, government lawyers argued that the suit was misdirected. Pence also declined an earlier chance to join the lawsuit.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Vice President Mike Pence asked a judge to stop a lawsuit filed by pro-Trump Republicans who hope it will empower him to stop President-elect Joe Biden taking power later this month.

The Department of Justice issued the request on Pence's behalf to a federal judge late on Thursday December 31.

The news outlet Law and Crime published a copy of the Pence response alongside its article on the case.

The suit was filed by Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, alongside a group of Trump supporters from Arizona.

It is aimed at expanding Pence's power as the president of the US Senate. The position means Pence is due to preside on January 6 over a joint session of Congress where lawmakers certify the results of the presidential election.

The procedure is usually a formality to confirm what voters, and then the Electoral College, have already said.

But the lawsuit asks a judge to tell Pence that he can unilaterally reject results from individual states by himself.

The hope of those who filed the suit is that Pence could reject results from states which supported Biden, and accept those which votes for President Donald Trump.

Under the all-but-impossible scenario, this would secure Trump a second term despite having lost the election on November 3.

However, the Thursday filing shows that Pence wants no part of it.

The Department of Justice letter sent on Pence's behalf called the lawsuit a "legal contradiction" and said it should not have been filed against Pence at all.

The DOJ cited the principle that in order to sue somebody, you ought to be opposed to them in some way, according to The Washington Post.

This, it said, was not the case for Pence since the Trump supporters were, confusingly, suing Pence in order to give him extra powers.

According to Politico, Gohmert and his allies also tried to have Pence join the lawsuit earlier in the process, but he declined.

As of early Friday, the US District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle had yet to act on Pence's request.

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Pence asked a judge to kill a lawsuit filed by Trump fans seeking to empower him to overturn Biden’s election win on January 6

Mike Pence December 22, 2020
Vice President Mike Pence at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit, in West Palm Beach, Florida, on December 22, 2020.
  • Vice President Mike Pence responded late Thursday to a lawsuit by a group of Trump supporters hoping to push him to overturn Joe Biden's election victory.
  • It is part of a longshot bid to empower the Vice President to accept or reject the results of the presidential election in each state.
  • The Trump supporters, led by Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, asked a judge to tell Pence he has unilateral power to reject the results at a meeting of Congress on January 6.
  • But Pence wants no part of it — in his response, government lawyers argued that the suit was misdirected. Pence also declined an earlier chance to join the lawsuit.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Vice President Mike Pence asked a judge to stop a lawsuit filed by pro-Trump Republicans who hope it will empower him to stop President-elect Joe Biden taking power later this month.

The Department of Justice issued the request on Pence's behalf to a federal judge late on Thursday December 31.

The news outlet Law and Crime published a copy of the Pence response alongside its article on the case.

The suit was filed by Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, alongside a group of Trump supporters from Arizona.

It is aimed at expanding Pence's power as the president of the US Senate. The position means Pence is due to preside on January 6 over a joint session of Congress where lawmakers certify the results of the presidential election.

The procedure is usually a formality to confirm what voters, and then the Electoral College, have already said.

But the lawsuit asks a judge to tell Pence that he can unilaterally reject results from individual states by himself.

The hope of those who filed the suit is that Pence could reject results from states which supported Biden, and accept those which votes for President Donald Trump.

Under the all-but-impossible scenario, this would secure Trump a second term despite having lost the election on November 3.

However, the Thursday filing shows that Pence wants no part of it.

The Department of Justice letter sent on Pence's behalf called the lawsuit a "legal contradiction" and said it should not have been filed against Pence at all.

The DOJ cited the principle that in order to sue somebody, you ought to be opposed to them in some way, according to The Washington Post.

This, it said, was not the case for Pence since the Trump supporters were, confusingly, suing Pence in order to give him extra powers.

According to Politico, Gohmert and his allies also tried to have Pence join the lawsuit earlier in the process, but he declined.

As of early Friday, the US District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle had yet to act on Pence's request.

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