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United flight diverted en route to Chicago after threat found onboard

United flight diverted after bomb threat discovered on board Modal Trigger PA Images via Getty Images
Priscilla Morrison | 12 June, 2018, 01:09

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

There were 214 passengers and crew on board.

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

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The 207 passengers and 11 crew members disembarked from the Boeing 767-330 at Shannon Airport at 2:15 p.m. local time, according to Jim Molloy, a representative of Ireland's police force.

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

They also confirmed that the plane and all the passengers are now being searched. Luggage in the cabin and hold are also being analysed.

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".

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