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Hil can’t look away from turmoil in Iran

It was ‘quiet’ on plane that Odell was yanked from, flier says

- BY PETER SBLENDORIO NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The plane ex-Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. was removed from Sunday was “uncharacte­ristically quiet” as the incident unfolded, a passenger says.

Beckham (photo) was escorted from the flight at Miami Internatio­nal Airport after the crew became concerned he was “seriously ill,” according to police, who say the wide receiver initially declined when staffers asked him to leave the plane.

“The term used over the intercom was, ‘We have an issue with a passenger. We have to return back to the gate,’ ” passenger Carlos Gauna told Miami’s Local 10 News. “We did see an ambulance show up, we did see paramedics board the airplane.”

Miami-Dade Police said Sunday that the American Airlines crew called authoritie­s after trying to wake Beckham, 30, so he could fasten his seat belt. Crew members said Beckham “appeared to be coming in and out of consciousn­ess,” according to police.

Beckham got off the flight “without incident” when asked by officials, and the entire flight deplaned, police said.

“There was absolutely no noise coming from the first class cabin,” Gauna said, adding the incident delayed the flight to Los Angeles by 2½ hours.

Beckham’s lawyer refutes the police account, calling the incident “completely unnecessar­y.”

“The overzealou­s flight attendant refused to simply allow Mr. Beckham to fasten his seatbelt and proceed with the flight and instead immediatel­y removed everyone from the plane,” Daniel Davillier said.

“At no time was Mr. Beckham disruptive or combative. He was willing to comply with the seatbelt requiremen­t, but the flight attendant wanted to prove that he had the authority to have Mr. Beckham removed from the flight.”

Beckham played his first five NFL seasons with the Giants from 2014-18, winning offensive rookie of the year and making three Pro Bowls. He also played for the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams.

Currently a free agent, Beckham is expected to meet with the Giants this week about a possible reunion and has also drawn interest from the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills.

 ?? ?? As unrest roiled Iran and spilled over into the runup for today’s World Cup faceoff between the Islamic Republic and the U.S., former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke Monday at preview of art installati­on “Eyes on Iran” at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park on Roosevelt Island.
As unrest roiled Iran and spilled over into the runup for today’s World Cup faceoff between the Islamic Republic and the U.S., former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke Monday at preview of art installati­on “Eyes on Iran” at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park on Roosevelt Island.
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