American Airlines Flight Diverted to Philadelphia Over Unruly Passenger

An unruly passenger forced an American Airlines flight bound for Germany to be diverted to Philadelphia Friday evening, airline officials said.

American Airlines flight 704 departed Charlotte, North Carolina for Frankfurt, Germany just before 5 p.m. and was off the New Jersey coast when pilots turned the plane toward Philadelphia International Airport, officials and fight tracking services confirm.

The Airbus A330 carrying 239 passengers and 14 crew members landed at 6:30 p.m. The unruly passenger was removed by Philadelphia Police, officials said.

It's unclear what the passenger did to cause the diversion. They are currently being questioned by police.

American Airlines spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said U.S. Customs and Border Patrol was notified, as is protocol when an issue arises on an international flight.

The plane refueled and took off for Germany around 8:30 p.m.

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