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Unclaimed cellphones cause stir on two flights

Unclaimed cellphones caused major disruptions on two flights last night.

A stray cellphone forced an Air France flight back to Houston’s airport 30 minutes after takeoff yesterday.

Flight 639, which was carrying more than 200 passengers, had to return to George Bush Intercontinental Airport for security reasons after no one claimed the phone, which presumably was left behind by a passenger on an earlier flight, Reuters reported.

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An Air France spokesman told Reuters that passengers were not at risk at any point. Their return to Paris was delayed by five hours.

Also on Tuesday night, an American Eagle flight headed from Nashville to New York’s LaGuardia Airport was diverted when a man failed to claim two cellphones found in the bathroom, TV news outlets in Nashville reported.

Authorities told NewsChannel 5 WTVF-TV in Nashville that the plane had departed Nashville at 6 p.m. and was diverted to Raleigh Durham International Airport shortly after. The passenger had refused to claim the two cellphones he had left in the bathroom.

The passenger, who was not immediately identified, was removed from the flight in Raleigh for questioning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Transportation Security Administration, RDU spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin told the station.

The plane left for LaGuardia at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, the station reported.


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