They wanted to go to Amsterdam, but had to make a stop in Boston thanks to an unruly passenger

A Delta Air Lines flight from Detroit to Amsterdam diverted to Boston because of an unruly passenger on Friday.

The plane was met by local law enforcement on arrival at Boston Logan International Airport and the passenger deplaned, the airline said in an emailed statement.

“We have zero tolerance for unruly behavior on our aircraft and express apologies to our valued customers and crew for experiencing this unfortunate delay in their travels,” the airline said.

Delta did not share specifics about the passenger’s behavior. The Massachusetts State Police removed the passenger from the flight, and they were taken to the public side of security and allowed to gather their belongings, Trooper James D. DeAngelis said in an email.

DeAngelis said the passenger did "not have any charges noted being pursued by the MSP," and that the FBI also made contact with the flyer. An FBI spokesperson said the matter is under investigation.

The incident comes after multiple others in recent months.

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Videos showed Frontier Airlines passengers apparently voting to remove a fellow flyer from a flight to Atlanta last week, and a United Airlines flight to Tel Aviv, Israel, turned around hours into its trip due to a disruptive passenger in April.

The rate of unruly-passenger incidents has decreased by over 80% after hitting record highs in 2021, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The agency received 2,455 reports of unruly passengers in 2022, down from 5,973 the previous year.

Contributing: Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY

Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at

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