Disruptive passenger forces emergency landing in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS -- A Continental flight heading from Houston to Chicago was diverted to St. Louis after officials say a disruptive passenger attempted to open the emergency exit door.
 
Continental spokeswoman Julie King said Flight No. 546 landed around 1:30 p.m. at Lambert International Airport safely and without incident.  The remaining passengers continued to their Chicago destination after an hour delay.

Lambert spokesman Jeff Lea says the man got up 20 minutes after takeoff and said he had to get off the plane.  Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that a passenger tried to open one of the plane doors.

Aviation experts say it is impossible to open a door during flight because of pressurized air in the cabin.

Spokesman Lea says airport police and the FBI are questioning the 34-year-old Illinois man.  Officials said the incident has no apparent links to terrorism.  No charges have been filed.