Phone charge bomb scare in plane toilet

Ellen Coyne

A mobile phone charging in an aeroplane's bathroom sparked a bomb scare and emergency landing at Dublin Airport.

The Delta flight, which was carrying 206 passengers and 11 crew members from Istanbul to New York, radioed Dublin airport air traffic control requesting permission to make an emergency landing after a "suspicious" device was found.

The Boeing 767 landed shortly after 3.45pm yesterday and was quickly diverted to an isolated corner of the runway.

It was met by gardai and emergency services who boarded the plane to investigate.

A passenger had discovered a suspicious device in one of the onboard bathrooms and alerted the crew, suspecting it may have been a bomb.

Gardai questioned passengers and one of them claimed ownership of the phone.

It was discovered that the passenger had been attempting to charge the phone in the shaving socket of the bathroom and it was left plugged in and wrapped up in its own cord.

A spokesperson for Delta airlines said that it did not comment on security issues,

No arrests were made and Dublin Airport Authority said no other flights were affected.

The plane refuelled in Dublin before safely continuing its journey to JFK airport last night.