Southwest flight forced to return to Lambert over non-ticketed passenger

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A security scare at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Friday evening forced a Dallas-bound flight to return to St. Louis.

A Southwest Airlines jetliner taxiing out of Terminal 2 was forced to turn around because a passenger on the plane was not on flight manifest. The plane, identified as Flight 1814, returned to the gate and the passenger was taken off the plane.

A Lambert Airport spokesperson called it a ticketing issue and not a security problem, but said airport police were called in. A viewer whose daughter was on the plane told Fox 2 News that passengers were told it was a security issue.

The plane took off less than an hour later without the passenger and arrived in Dallas.

Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines said it is conducting an internal investigation and working with local authorities.

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