Security concern diverts U.S. airliner

ALBUQUERQUE, May 8 (UPI) -- A Delta Airlines flight from Detroit to San Diego was diverted to New Mexico Sunday after a threatening note was found in the bathroom, authorities said.

Flight 1706 landed safely at Albuquerque International Sunport Airport and taxied to a secure area with its 137 passengers and six crew members.


"The flight landed safely and Delta is cooperating directly with authorities," Delta said in a written statement.

Delta said the flight was diverted "out of an abundance of caution."

KOB-TV, Albuquerque, said the FBI was on the scene and questioning passengers.

The Detroit News reported authorities said the message was found by a flight attendant. The specifics of the threat were not disclosed.

The Transportation Safety Administration said the aircraft was subjected to a security sweep, which turned up nothing, the News said.

Also Sunday, a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to Chicago diverted to St. Louis when a passenger tried to open an emergency exit in mid-flight.

The incidents came a week after the slaying of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, which generated vows of revenge from the terrorist organization.

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