Bound flight from Rome diverted over "potential security concern"

Marco Green
June 12, 2018

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

A Chicago-bound United Airlines flight from Rome was diverted to Ireland because of a "potential security concern", the airline said Monday. The Boeing 767-300 jet was about 200 kilometres west of Co Clare when the crew turned around.

Shannon airport implemented emergency procedures which involved alerting the local authority fire service, HSE National Ambulance Service and An Garda Síochána.

A United spokeswoman said today that passengers and baggage would undergo more security screening before the flight resumes.

United flight bound for Chicago diverted to Ireland
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The passengers were in the process of being searched, he said in an emailed statement.

The Irish Times reported, without citing its source, that a message had been discovered in the plane's toilet claiming that there was a bomb on board. They also confirmed that each individual's luggage is set to be thoroughly investigated, as well as the plane itself.

The airline said on Twitter that the flight was now canceled and would depart for Chicago on Tuesday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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