A transatlantic flight was forced into an early landing after a bomb threat was found on board.
A message suggesting there was a bomb on board United Airlines flight UA-971 was found scribbled on a surface in one of the jet’s toilets.
The flight was travelling from Rome to Chicago with 214 passengers on board when it was diverted to Shannon in Ireland following a "security concern."
Police are now examining handwriting samples of each passenger on board in an effort to match it to the offending message.
Meanwhile passengers and their luggage have undergone an additional security screening after disembarking the aircraft.
The Boeing 767-300 jet was 200km west of County Clare when crew declared an emergency at around 12.45pm and requested an urgent landing at Shannon airport.
The flight landed at 1.42pm and was met by airport rescue vehicles on the ground including a number of ambulances, police officers and four units of the fire brigade from Shannon Town.
The airline has confirmed the flight diverted because of a "potential security concern".
The flight has since been cancelled and all passengers have been sent to local hotels for the night.
The aircraft is now scheduled to depart tomorrow at 3pm.
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