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New York–Bound Flight Diverted After Fire Threat [Updated]

epa03387784 (FILE) A file photo dated 18 November 2008 shows an airplane of Egypt's state-owned carrier, EgyptAir, landing next to exhibited aircrafts at Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) Exhibition at the airport of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Media reports state that EgyptAir was forced to cancel all of its international flights on 07 September 2012 due to a strike by air steward crews. The cancellations follow the collapse of negotiations between the company and stewards demanding better working conditions and higher wages. Unions have vowed not to end their strike until all their demands are met. EPA/ALI HAIDER
Photo: Ali Haider/epa/Corbis

EgyptAir Flight 985, which was on its way to JFK from Cairo, was escorted to Glasgow by Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets this morning after a note reading, “I’ll set this plane on fire” was found in the plane’s bathroom by BBC producer Nada Tawfik, who happened to be on board the Boeing 777. As she told her employer, “It almost looked like a child’s handwriting or someone who has very sloppy handwriting, but it was very alarming especially these days when everyone is so concerned about safety on flights. I said to one of the stewardesses ‘I don’t know if this is a prank,’ they said no, it can’t be a prank. Either someone has a very bad sense of humor or, you know, it’s very scary.” The AP reports that there were no injuries, and the police in Scotland are interviewing the aircraft’s 326 passengers. Update: The AP reports that five passengers Syrian passengers from the flight are seeking asylum in the UK.

New York–Bound Flight Diverted After Fire Threat