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Suspicious note diverts flight

Plane bound for Puerto Rico returns to Florida

From Susan Candiotti
CNN

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The plane was returned to Fort Lauderdale and searched.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (CNN) -- An American Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan, Puerto Rico has been diverted after a passenger found a suspicious note written on a napkin behind her tray table, an FBI spokeswoman told CNN.

According to FBI Special Agent Judy Orihuela, American Airlines flight 605 took off from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport at 6:38 p.m. ET (2238 GMT) on Monday.

About 40 minutes into the flight, a note saying, "Bomb, bomb, bomb ... meet the parents," was found on a crumpled napkin with a wad of chewing gum in it.

The pilot was informed of the note and the plane returned to the airport, where it was met by the bomb squad from the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

After a sweep of the plane and questioning, the 176 passengers were returned to the terminal at about 11 p.m.

According to the American Airlines Web site, passengers were expected to arrive in San Juan about five hours later than scheduled.

The note could be a reference to the 2000 movie "Meet the Parents," which starred Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro.

In the film, Stiller's character rejects a flight attendant's efforts to check his bag.

Orihuela told CNN the FBI is investigating the source of the note, and whether the seat had been occupied on a previous flight.

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