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Please Get Ready, 'I am Coming to You With Bomb'

What if, in the middle of a twelve hour flight you went to the airplane's bathroom to ease yourself only to find a note 'BOMB TO TORONTO', what would you do?

A Turkish Airlines aircraft carrying 292 passengers on Flight TK17 were evacuated in Istanbul after the words 'BOMB TO TORONTO' were found written on the toilet wall of the Canada-bound plane. The Boeing 777-300ER, bound for Toronto Pearson International Airport on Saturday, was already taxiing to the runway at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport when the note was discovered by the cabin crew, prompting the aircraft to be turned back to the gate. A Turkish Airlines press official told The Associated Press that the plane was evacuated once it returned to its parking spot before the aircraft and passengers underwent security procedures. The official said nothing suspicious was found. In a statement, Turkish Airlines said "it became clear that it was a false bomb scare alert" after the investigation.

After more than four hours, a replacement aircraft was found for the flight to Toronto which later departed at 7:40pm as opposed to the original departure time of 3:30pm.

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