Handwriting Samples Ordered From Hoax Bomb Flight Passengers

A bomb hoax at Dublin Airport prompted police to request handwriting samples from 223 passengers and nine members of the flight crew on an Aer Lingus plane, it has been revealed.

A major security operation was mounted on Saturday morning following the discovery of a note claiming a bomb was on board.

The Dublin flight, bound for New York, was grounded when a crew member found the warning note, written a piece of paper towel.

The plane landed and taxied to a secure location some distance away from the airport terminal and was secured by armed gardai.

After passengers were removed from the plane, the police undertook interviews in the terminal building.

All passengers were asked to provide the officers with a sample of their handwriting.

Sniffer dogs were deployed on the grounded aircraft, but found nothing.

In a statement the national carrier said: "Aer Lingus flight EI 108 from New York to Dublin, carrying 223 passengers and 9 crew, arrived today at Dublin Airport at 10.10 am.

"Aer Lingus confirm that following a security alert on board the flight, the authorities were informed by the flight crew.

"As a precaution gardai met the flight on arrival at Dublin and spoke to the passengers."


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