Flight Diverted to Chicago For Unruly Passenger

Airline spokesperson says passenger may have been intoxicated

Thursday, Apr 7, 2011  |  Updated 12:09 PM CDT
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Flight Diverted to Chicago For Unruly Passenger

A Dallas-Paris flight was diverted to Chicago's O'Hare International on Wednesday night.

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An American Airlines flight originating from Dallas and bound for Paris was diverted to O'Hare International Airport Wednesday evening because of an unruly passenger.

Flight 48 departed Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at about 6:15 p.m. and was forced to change course when the man became disruptive, according to a Thursday morning statement from the Chicago FBI.

Witnesses say the passenger was intoxicated and became combative with the flight crew. Air Marshals on board intervened, and the passenger, identified as a "French national," was subdued.

He was removed from the aircraft and turned over to local authorities for questioning.

The aircraft, a Boeing 767, landed safely at O'Hare shortly after 8 p.m. The flight continued on to Paris' Charles De Gaulle airport and was due to arrive about three hours late.

The man was released with no charges filed.

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