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 Oct. 20. The diversion was a precautionary decision, Ulrike Gendrot-Haubold, an Air France spokesperson, told USA TODAY 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 8:26 p.m.

“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.

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