United Airlines plane diverts to Ireland over bomb threat

A United Airlines flight en route from Rome to Chicago diverted to Ireland on Monday after the crew reported an apparent bomb threat, local authorities said.

United Airlines Flight 971 landed safely at Shannon Airport on Monday after a bomb threat left in one of the bathrooms. File Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | License Photo
United Airlines Flight 971 landed safely at Shannon Airport on Monday after a bomb threat left in one of the bathrooms. File Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | License Photo

Flight 971 landed at Shannon Airport around 1:42 p.m., where emergency officials deplaned 207 passengers and 11 crew members.

A police spokesperson told Ireland’s Independent that the unscheduled landing in Ireland followed “the discovery of a note relating to a bomb threat on board.”

Police searched each of the passengers and their luggage. They also compared handwriting samples from the passengers to the note, which was found scribbled on a surface in one of the Boeing 767-330’s bathrooms.

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

“Additional security screenings will be performed on all customers and baggage, and we will work to get customers on their way to Chicago as quickly as possible.”

By Danielle Haynes