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Chicago-bound United Airlines Flight UA-971 was diverted to Ireland on its way from Rome, following what the airline deemed a "potential security concern."
A bomb threat was reportedly left scribbled on a surface in one of the aircraft's bathrooms, a source with knowledge of the investigation told Reuters. The plane and all the passengers were searched after the plane landed in Ireland.
Further, a U.S. government source told Reuters the government was aware of the incident and looking to determine whether the threat was violent.
The airline posted on Twitter that the flight would be delayed over night, and would depart for Chicago on Tuesday morning.
Among security measures, the Irish Times reported that local police were taking handwriting samples from other passengers in attempts to match the handwriting of the threat.
originally posted by: TonyS
The reasons for avoiding airline travel are literally endless.
And yet, like Zombies the cattle herd onto the aircraft in droves.
originally posted by: 3n19m470
a reply to: vinifalou
Shouldn't there be camera footage showing everyone who may have entered that particular bathroom, and narrow down the list of suspects?
I would Hope so, since the Sounder train I take to Seattle all the time is riddled with cameras, and if this happened they would have a short list of everyone who either entered, or at least everyone who walked near the bathroom door (I don't know if the camera at that area points at the bathroom door, but with the potential for crimes from vandalism, drug use, rape, etc to occur in the privacy of the bathroom, I would think it would be an obvious spot to place a camera... It would only be able to see the outside of the bathroom door, not inside the bathroom, unless the door was open, in which case there is no legal expectation of privacy.)
I wonder, is it Possible someone did this during the Last flight, and it just wasn't noticed until now? I don't know exactly where it was. I would assume they clean the bathrooms in between flights, so if it was somewhere out in the open then it would have been caught by those cleaners...right?