travel updates Flight makes emergency landing after threatening message

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PASSENGERS on a United Airlines plane that was diverted after a threatening note was discovered on board had to offer samples of their handwriting to the police investigating who had written it.

Flight UA971 from Rome to Chicago was forced to make an emergency landing at Shannon Airport in Ireland on Monday local time after the note, which reportedly made reference to a bomb on the plane, was found in the bathroom.

The note was apparently scrawled onto the surface of one of the toilets, the Irish Times reported.

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United Airlines Boeing 767-322 flight from Rome to Chicago was diverted to Shannon Airport in Ireland on Monday after a hand writing message referred to a bomb on the plane was discovered on board

The Boeing 767, carrying 214 passengers and crew, jettisoned its fuel and landed safely at Shannon Airport.

Irish police then began the huge task of investigating the incident, which included taking handwriting samples from passengers so they could determine the author, according to the Irish Times.

Passengers were searched and had their hand baggage removed and screened. Luggage in the cargo hold was also examined.

The United States government is also investigating the incident. A US government source told Reuters similar incidents involving threatening notes found on planed happened about once a week.

The United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Shannon Airport in Ireland. (File image.) Picture: Oliver Holzbauer

The United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Shannon Airport in Ireland. (File image.) Picture: Oliver HolzbauerSource:Flickr

A source also said the handwriting on the toilet was being compared to other, similar notes left on aircraft.

United Airlines said the plane was diverted due to “a potential security concern” but didn’t comment further.

“After assessing the situation, our crew made the decision to divert to the nearest available airport,” a statement from the airline read.

“Additional security screenings will be performed on all customers and baggage.”

The flight was due to depart for Chicago on Tuesday local time.

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