Roy Lane, communications manager for Alaska Airlines, told the newspaper that flight attendants complained that 11 passengers weren’t following safety protocols ahead of departure. Officials said they ignored requests for them to stop charging their cellphones and fasten their seatbelts while they were playing loud music. They also “made inappropriate comments to the flight attendants,” the Dispatch News reported.
The passengers were asked to leave when the plane returned to the gate, Lane said. Other people who were part of their group were allowed to stay onboard, according to the Dispatch News.