Plane diverted to Shannon Airport after 'bomb threat' message

A United Airlines plane had to be diverted after a bomb threat onboard

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.

The 207 passengers and 11 crew members disembarked the Boeing 767-330 at Shannon in County Clare at about 14:15 local time.

In a statement, Chicago-based United Airlines said: "United flight UA971 en route to Chicago from Rome, diverted to Shannon following a potential security concern".

They also confirmed that the plane and all the passengers are now being searched.

Authorities are conducting additional screening of all luggage as well as interviews of the flight's passengers and crew.

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The message referred to a bomb on the plane, a source with knowledge of the investigation told Reuters.

A Chicago-bound United Airlines flight from Rome was diverted to Ireland because of a "potential security concern", the airline said Monday.

United Airlines has canceled the final leg of the trip to Chicago and is working to find flights to Chicago for its stranded passengers. Baggage from the flight was examined as well.

There are reports in Irish media that it was found in a toilet and handwriting samples have been gathered from passengers.

No injuries have been reported.

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