Bob Buchan, who was born in Aberdeen and was installed as Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh last week, said: "Generally speaking we Scots Canadians are aware [of the independence campaign] but our view is coloured after three decades of ongoing debate on Quebec's independence which has been a tiresome project for us all."
The incident was sparked after a passenger found a note in a plane toilet, on which was written: "I set this plane on fire".
Air traffic control at the airport confirmed that Egyptair flight 985 to JFK had been diverted and touched down at 2.30pm.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed it had been escorted into land by Typhoons from RAF Leuchars.
The BBC said one of its New York producers, Nada Tawfik, had found the note.