Flight diverted to Shannon after apparent BOMB threat

Passengers later disembarked from the aircraft and were taken to the terminal

According to tracking services, Flight 971 was flying from Rome to Chicago and had just passed Ireland when it turned back and landed at Shannon Airport.

A United Airlines aircraft which diverted to Shannon airport yesterday due to a potential security concern, is due to proceed with its journey to Chicago this afternoon.

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

According to a source known to Reuters, the message referred to a bomb on the plane.

The 214 passengers and crew members disembarked the plane and were taken into the terminal along with their luggage to undergo a security screening.

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A message was reportedly discovered on the Boeing 767-330 plane that was perceived as a potential security concern.

No further details were made available.

United Airlines has canceled the final leg of the trip to Chicago and is working to find flights to Chicago for its stranded passengers.

The Irish Times also reports that authorities are taking handwriting samples from passengers if an effort to see if there is a match.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed to Independent.ie that no suspicious device was found, but that investigations are still underway.

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