Suspect held after United Airlines flight diverted due to 'threatening message'

Story highlights

  • "We have a suspect in custody," the Royal Canadian Mounted Police tweets
  • The Anchorage-to-Denver flight was diverted to the Canadian city of Vancouver
  • Flight 1104's crew made this decision after the discovery of a threat from a passenger

(CNN)Canadian authorities detained a suspect Saturday morning after a Denver-bound United Airlines flight was diverted due to a "threatening message" found on board.

Flight 1104 departed 11:39 p.m. Friday (4:39 a.m. ET Saturday) from Anchorage, Alaska, bound for Denver, according to United's website. But "the crew elected to divert the flight after they discovered a threatening message from one of the passengers," United spokesman Charlie Hobart told CNN.
Hobart did not characterize the nature or form of the threat.
    The plane landed at Vancouver International Airport, and authorities have "a suspect in custody," the Royal Canadian Mounted Police office in Richmond, British Columbia, said on Twitter.
    Aboard the Boeing 737 were 131 passengers and six crew members.
    United Airlines subsequently worked to get those passengers back in the air so they could get to Colorado, the airline spokesman said.
    The Mounted Police tweet added that the incident wasn't affecting operations at Vancouver's airport on Saturday morning, a fact seconded by the airport itself.