Clay Aiken involved in mid-flight dispute
BY MATT ELLIOTT World Scene Writer
Sunday, July 08, 2007
7/08/07 at 2:18 AM
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Former "American Idol" singer
Clay Aiken was apparently involved
in a disturbance with another passenger Saturday while on an airplane headed to Tulsa International
The dispute on a Continental Airlines flight occurred between a
woman and a man, who FBI Special
Agent Gary Johnson confirmed was
a former "American Idol" contestant.
Aiken, a runner-up on the TV talent show in 2003, was headed to
Tulsa for a Saturday performance at
the Brady Theater. His management could not be reached Saturday afternoon for comment.
Concert-goers who attended Aiken's show at the Brady said Aiken
joked on-stage about being
beaten up by a girl earlier.
Johnson said he was told
the dispute was over the male
passenger's foot resting on another passenger's armrest. He
said the disturbance was a minor one.
There was an allegation that
the woman gave the male passenger a "minor shove" during the argument, Johnson
"At that point the flight crew
was able to resolve the situation," he said.
The disturbance occurred
Saturday morning, said Tulsa
Airport Authority spokeswoman Alexis Higgins.
Higgins said passengers
were held until FBI agents arrived to interview them.
No injuries were reported
and no arrests were made.
The disturbance did not interfere with the flight of the aircraft, Johnson said.
Agents forwarded the results of their investigation to
the U.S. Attorney's Office,
which declined to file charges,
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World staff writer Jaclyn Cosgrove contributed to this story.