Bound flight from Rome diverted over "potential security concern"

Passengers disembarking from the flight this afternoon

A United Airlines flight from Rome to Chicago has been diverted to Ireland's Shannon Airport after a message perceived as a potential security concern was discovered on board, Irish police and airline officials said.

A United spokesperson confirmed the events, releasing the following statement: "United flight UA971 en route to Chicago from Rome, diverted to Shannon following a potential security concern".

A United Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Shannon, Ireland on Monday after a bomb threat was found on board.

An emergency was declared at around 12.45pm by crew members informing air traffic controllers that they wished to divert in Shannon.

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"We will work to get customers on their way to Chicago as quickly as possible", the statement went on to say.

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.

According to Gardaí, passengers have disembarked the aircraft and are in the process of being searched. It was not clear whether the note was posted in the bathroom prior to takeoff or during the flight. The message was found in the plane toilet, it said, without citing sources.

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