United flight diverted after bomb threat discovered on board

Chicago-bound flight from Rome diverted due to ‘potential security concern’	 	 	 			Alex Wong  Getty Images

United Airlines flight UA971, en route to Chicago from Rome, was diverted to Shannon, Ireland following a "potential security concern", a statement from the airlines said.

The crew are believed to have discovered a bomb warning written in the toilet, necessitating a diversion to Shannon, where it landed at 1.42pm. The Boeing 767-300 jet was about 200 kilometres west of Co Clare when the crew turned around.

A plane flying from Europe to the USA has been diverted after a cryptic note hinting at a bomb was reportedly found scrawled on the wall in the aircraft's bathroom.

A Garda spokesperson told Independent.ie that the flight was diverted to Shannon Airport following "the discovery of a note relating to a bomb threat on board".

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A United spokeswoman said today that passengers and baggage would undergo more security screening before the flight resumes. Luggage in the cabin and hold are also being analysed.

United said in a statement that the landing was due to "a potential security concern" but declined to comment further.

The airline has confirmed that the flight has since been cancelled and that passengers will be sent to local hotels for the night.

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