USA plane diverted to Shannon to resume journey

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

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

A United Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Shannon, Ireland on Monday after a bomb threat was found on board.

A United Airlines flight traveling from Rome to Chicago was diverted to Ireland due to a "potential security concern", the airlines said in a statement.

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

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United flight 971, a Boeing 767-300, landed in Shannon, Ireland, on Monday, and Irish police are interviewing passengers and crew members.

The airline confirmed the flight diverted because of a "potential security concern", declining to comment further.

"After assessing the situation our crew made the decision to divert to the nearest available airport", it said.

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Passengers were eventually permitted to leave the plane and were taken to a terminal where their luggage underwent security screening.

A message suggesting there was a bomb on board was found in the toilets of the airplane and passengers handwriting samples are now being examinated.

The airline said on Twitter that the flight was now canceled and would depart for Chicago on Tuesday. According to reports, the threat was found inscribed in the bathroom of the plane.

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