May 1st, 2010
09:43 PM ET

Bomb threat found in airplane lavatory

[Updated 11:30 p.m.] Law enforcement officials on Saturday night were interviewing passengers and crew members aboard a United Airlines flight after a "suspicious message" was found in the plane's lavatory, although the message was later determined to be a hoax.

[Posted 9:43 p.m.] Law enforcement officials on Saturday night were interviewing passengers and crew members aboard a United Airlines flight after a "suspicious message" was found in the plane's lavatory.

Flight 148 from Chicago, Illinois, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, landed shortly before 7 p.m. at Philadelphia International Airport, after the crew reported to air traffic controllers the discovery of the message, a spokesman for the airline said.

Holly Baker, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said a bomb threat was written on the lavatory mirror.

The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement that the plane landed without incident.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the plane was directed to a remote location and is being met by law enforcement and TSA," the statement said.

The incident is under investigation, airport and United officials said.

A law enforcement source told CNN that all 112 passengers and five crew members will be interviewed, and all luggage searched, a process that is expected to take hours.

- CNN's Alona Rivord and Susan Candiotti contributed to this report.

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  1. First time

    I wrote this is cool because it was my first time blogging & it's cool. The bomb threat is not cool. It was ridiculous and costly. The guilty should be fined bigtime.

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