United Airlines flight turns back to Ireland after 'security concern'

12 Juin, 2018, 01:11 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Chicago-bound flight from Rome diverted due to ‘potential security concern’	 	 	 			Alex Wong  Getty Images

United Airlines flight UA-971 was travelling from Rome to Chicago when it was diverted to the Clare amenity.

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.

On the ground, authorities at Shannon implemented emergency procedures which involved mobilising its own fire service and alerting other statutory agencies.

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

Passengers lated disembarked from the aircraft and were taken to the terminal where they and their baggage will undergo security screening.

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The passengers were in the process of being searched, he said in an emailed statement.

The Irish Times reports that the threatening message was scribbled on a surface inside one of the plane's bathrooms. Luggage in the cabin and hold are also being analysed.

A flight headed to Chicago from Rome was diverted Monday morning due to a security concern.

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

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