Bri­tish Air­ways plane held in Paris af­ter ‘di­rect threat’

The Australian - - WORLD - PA

PARIS: A Bri­tish Air­ways flight took off from Paris air­port last night af­ter be­ing held on the tar­mac and sur­rounded by po­lice and fire ve­hi­cles be­cause of a se­cu­rity threat.

Flight num­ber BA0303 was stopped at Charles de Gaulle air­port and sur­rounded by po­lice and fire ve­hi­cles be­fore the in­ci­dent was de­clared a false alarm.

Bri­tish trav­eller James An­der­son, 20, tweeted a snap of the plane and se­cu­rity ser­vices.

He posted: “On Bri­tish Air­ways flight BA0303, cur­rently be­ing held on tar­mac at Paris due to se­cu­rity threat, sur­rounded by po­lice and fire ve­hi­cles.

“Ap­par­ently an in­di­vid­ual has made a di­rect threat to this air­craft. We will all be led off the air­craft and bag­gage searched in due course.”

He later posted: “Ev­ery­body’s been in­di­vid­u­ally searched by armed of­fi­cers and given all clear. Now hold lug­gage be­ing searched by dogs.”

Bri­tish Air­ways said: “The safety and se­cu­rity of our cus­tomers and crew is al­ways our top pri­or­ity.

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

JAMES AN­DER­SON VIA TWIT­TER

Pas­sen­gers exit the plane at Charles de Gaulle last night

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