Police give all clear after BA plane searched in Paris

18 September, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Armed police individually searched all the passengers while sniffer dogs checked the aircraft

After searching the flight and its passengers, police said the alert was a false alarm.

A London-bound British Airways flight was evacuated at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris yesterday due to a bomb scare, but was later cleared for take-off after a four-hour delay.

Passengers were escorted off the plane and all baggage was checked and searched by police dogs, before it was allowed to take off. The flight was scheduled to land at London Heathrow at 7:45 AM U.K. local time.

A British Airways jet was evacuated Sunday at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris because of a "direct threat", officials said.

British traveler James Anderson, 20, posted on Twitter, "Apparently an individual has made a direct threat to this aircraft".

A British Airways spokeswoman confirmed the flight had taken off. Now hold luggage being searched by dogs'.

Mr Anderson said: "Initially the pilot told us there were technical issues". That's when we noticed police and fire vehicles quickly surround the plane and dozens of armed officers and firefighters got out.


Authorities later cleared the flight for takeoff after completing security checks, the French national police said.

"They need to make sure everybody and everything has been searched". The passengers were picked up by airport staff before re-boarding.

"The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority", a British Airways spokesperson told the Independent.

'We would never operate a flight unless it is safe to do so'.

The scare came after Britain raised its terror threat level to "critical" after London Underground train bombing on Friday that left 30 people injured.

An 18-year-old man was arrested in Dover on Saturday in connection with the attack. Please refresh the page for updates.

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