London – British police said on Tuesday they had arrested two men on suspicion of making a bomb threat after a flight from Poland to Ireland was forced to divert to Britain.
Essex Police in southeast England said two men were held at Stansted Airport late on Monday after a Ryanair flight landed following "reports of a security alert".
Two fighter jets scrambled from a nearby military base to escort the plane to the airport.
The budget airline said a note had been found in one of the plane's toilets claiming explosives were on board.
But a search found nothing suspicious on board the aircraft, which had been flying from the Polish city Krakow to the Irish capital Dublin.
"Two men – aged 47 and 26 – have been arrested on suspicion of making threats to endanger an aircraft and are currently in custody," Essex police said.
"We appreciate the patience and understanding of everyone involved."