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Unruly Passenger Causes Diversion for Germany-Bound Flight

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | April 18, 2015

Unruly Passenger Causes Diversion for Germany-Bound Flight

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It was a bumpy start to an international flight for passengers aboard American Airlines Flight 704 Friday evening. The Charlotte N.C.-to-Frankfurt, Germany flight was forced to divert to Philadelphia due to a misbehaving passenger, NBC Philadelphia reported.

The Airbus A330, with 239 passengers and 14 crew members aboard, changed course just before 5 p.m. off the New Jersey coast, and landed at Philadelphia International at 6:30 p.m. The passenger was taken off the jet by Philadelphia police.

The details of the disruption are unclear, and the passenger is being questioned by law enforcement.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol was notified about the disturbance, as per protocol on an international flight, said American Airlines spokeswoman Victoria Lupica to NBC Philadelphia.

After refueling, the plane departed for Germany at about 8:30 p.m.

This incident is the latest in a recent spate of misbehaving air passengers. An individual was removed from a recent Southwest flight before takeoff for stabbing a snoring passenger with a pen, and a 79-year-old woman on an Air Canada flight from Frankfurt to Toronto caused a flight diversion to Ireland after allegedly scratching and biting a flight attendant.

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