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Bound flight from Rome diverted due to ‘potential security concern’

A United flight was forced to make an emergency landing over security concerns from a possible bomb threat United flight bound for Chicago diverted to Ireland
Ginger Lawrence | 12 June, 2018, 06:56

A US-bound transatlantic flight was redirected to Shannon Airport following the discovery of a note relating to an apparent bomb threat.

In a statement, United Airlines said: "After assessing the situation our crew made the decision to divert to the nearest available airport".

The Irish Times reports that the threatening message was scribbled on a surface inside one of the plane's bathrooms.

A United Airlines flight from Rome to Chicago has been diverted to Shannon airport in Ireland, following "a potential security concern", the airline has said.

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

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A United spokesperson confirmed the events, releasing the following statement: "United flight UA971 en route to Chicago from Rome, diverted to Shannon following a potential security concern".

According to the American Airline's website, the flight was cancelled due to "security screening disruptions".

As a result, authorities are conducting additional baggage screening as well as interviews of the 218 passengers and crew on board the flight.

Gardaí are carrying out examinations of handwriting samples gathered from passengers while all hand luggage has also been screened.

No injuries have been reported.