London-bound flight returns to Philly due to unruly passenger

    A flight from Philadelphia to London took a little longer overnight after an unruly passenger caused the plane to turn around.

    U.S. Airways Flight 728 left Philadelphia International Airport for London Heathrow at 10:26 p.m. Tuesday. It wouldn’t make it that far as the jet reversed course and returned to Philly around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

    Airport police said that the pilots turned around the Airbus A330-300 jet after a passenger became drunk and unruly in midair.

    According to tracking site Flight Aware, the plane was near Cape Cod, Mass. when it made a sharp turn and returned to Philadelphia.

    Once the plane landed back in Philly the unidentified passenger was removed from the plane by federal air marshals. The rest of the passengers remained in place.

    The all clear was given and the plane took off again around 2 a.m.

    The plane is expected to land in London shortly before 10 a.m. EST.

    It isn’t clear what charges, if any, the removed passenger will face.

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