Air France flight diverts to Ireland after mysterious cell phone found on board

An Air France flight from Paris to Chicago diverted in Ireland after a cell phone was discovered on board that didn't belong to any passengers.

The flight, AF136, was scheduled to journey from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Chicago O'Hare International Airport on October 20. The diversion was a precautionary decision, Ulrike Gendrot-Haubold, an Air France spokesperson, said in a statement.

The flight landed at Shannon Airport in Ireland, where the phone was given to authorities. The airport's fire and police service were available as a precaution, according to airport spokesperson Nandi O'Sullivan.

The flight later proceeded to Chicago and landed there at 8:26pm.

"Air France states that all customers and crew members are subject to a security screening inspection before being allowed to board a flight and that flight safety is its main priority," Gendrot-Haubold added in the statement.

A flight diversion is not the same thing as an emergency landing - though they are often mixed up.

A diversion to land at an alternate airport is often erroneously described as an emergency landing; there is no emergency, but there is a change in plans.

Flight diversions aren't uncommon: A Southwest Airlines flight from Dallas to Los Angeles changed its course for Tucson International Airport in Arizona earlier this month after police were needed for an "onboard issue," an airline spokesperson said.

David Broseh, 51, was supposed to travel to Los Angeles. But after assaulting passengers on the plane because he was intoxicated, police said, he ended up in Tucson where he was met by airport police and escorted to Pima County jail, reports The Arizona Republic.

USA TODAY

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