It is believed to have been found on the back of a safety card as cabin crew prepared the plane for take off.
It was found before the passengers had begun to board, sources said yesterday.
An airport spokesperson said that the police were notified immediately and they cordoned off the plane, although the terminal was not evacuated.
The spokesperson said that the passengers, who had been kept in the terminal building during the scare, had finally boarded the flight one hour behind schedule and the flight eventually took off for Majorca 90 minutes late. None of the other flights at the airport had been disrupted, the spokesperson added.
A spokesman for the tour operator who had chartered the flight declined to give more details about the content of the message and said that it was being investigated by police. The scare comes during a heightened state of alert at UK airports following an alleged bomb plot to blow up several transatlantic airliners, for which 11 suspects have just been charged in London. The finding of the note comes just four days after a plane flying from London to Egypt was forced to make an emergency landing at Brindisi airport in the south of Italy, after a note claiming there was a bomb on the plane was found scribbled on a sick bag. Last week, a plane flying from London to Washington was diverted to Logan airport in Boston after problems arose with a passenger who suffered from claustrophobia.
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