United Flight to Chicago Diverted After Security Concern

Passengers disembarking from the flight this afternoon

A transatlantic flight has been diverted to Shannon Airport in Ireland, after what is understood to be a bomb threat was found inside the plane.

The airline has confirmed that the reason for the unexpected diversion to Shannon airport was due to a "potential security concern".

The 207 passengers and 11 crew members disembarked the Boeing 767-330 at Shannon in County Clare at about 14:15 local time.

It's believed that there had been a handwritten note claiming there was a bomb on board discovered in the toilet. According to reports, the threat was found inscribed in the bathroom of the plane.

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

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Mr Trump had said on Saturday he would know within a minute of meeting Mr Kim whether he would reach a deal. That was to be followed by dark chocolate tarts, pastries and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

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

After landing, the flight was directed to a remote area of the taxiway where it was met by law enforcement and rescue personnel, the Irish Times reported.

As a result, authorities are conducting additional baggage screening as well as interviews of the 218 passengers and crew on board the flight.

Passengers are now being investigated with police taking writing samples from all those on board. United expects passengers will need to stay the night in Ireland and return to Chicago on Monday as police continue their investigation.

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