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Droopy Pants Get Man Booted From Flight

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- A man and his flight companion were booted off an Orlando-bound Spirit Airlines flight at Chicago O’Hare earlier this week for his low-riding pants and for threatening the flight crew.

“A gentleman and another customer traveling with him both became verbally abusive to flight attendants and threatened them with physical harm after he was asked to pull up his pants that were hanging excessively low,” Spirit Airlines spokeswoman Misty Pinson told ABC News.

Pinson told a Chicago radio station, “It was to the point where his entire bottom was hanging out. And that’s not appropriate. We have a lot of customers on the plane, a lot of children on the plane.”

Law enforcement was called and the man and his companion were escorted off the plane. The flight was delayed about five minutes, according to The Chicago Tribune. The man and the woman who were escorted off the plane were booked on the next Spirit flight available for their destination.

“Providing a safe and pleasant environment for all customers on board is our top priority,” Pinson said.  “When our crewmembers ask customers to comply with a request, it is with the best interest of all of our customers in mind.”

The man and his companion have yet to be identified.

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Blind Passenger Causes Emergency Landing, 12-Hour Flight Delay

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- An unruly passenger aboard a Spirit Airlines red eye flight from Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale over the weekend forced the pilot to make an emergency landing in Texas, which then led to an over 12-hour layover for approximately 100 on board.

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319 from Los Angeles Xavier departed on time at 9:58 p.m. PT Saturday, with a scheduled landing at Hollywood International (FLL) at 6 a.m. Sunday.  However midway through the flight, a disruptive passenger forced the pilot to make an emergency landing at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport, where the roughly 100 passengers would remain for most of the next day, ABC News affiliate KTRK reported.

The unruly passenger, an 81-year-old man who is blind, was kicking and screaming, those on board told ABC News' Ft. Lauderdale affiliate Local 10 News.

Passengers were reportedly kept in the plane on the tarmac for several hours before being allowed into the terminal.  The airline then told the waylaid passengers that they would now be shuttled by bus five hours north to Dallas, because Spirit does not operate a flight between Houston and Ft. Lauderdale.

Passengers then became irate, yelling and screaming at airline staff.

"It was terrible.  It was unreal.  It was painful," passenger Theresa Shaviano told Local 10.

Spirit Airlines eventually decided to fly the passengers in a different plane, and the flight arrived in South Florida about 8 p.m. Sunday -- 12 full hours after the scheduled arrival time.

The airline said time constraints with the crew prevented the original plane from taking off from Houston.

"We understand that this has been an inconvenience for our customers, but the safety of our customers is always the top priority.  All customers are being given full refunds for this inconvenience," the airline said in a statement.

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Bomb Threat at Fort Lauderdale Airport

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- A Spirit Airlines jet from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Atlanta returned to the gate before takeoff Saturday evening after someone found a threatening note in a seatpocket.

The note apparently claimed there was a bomb on board the plane.  None was found after crews searched the aircraft.

The flight ultimately made its way to its intended destination.  It is not known who wrote the note or how it came to be in the seat pocket.

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