British Airways plane to London evacuated at Paris airport 'over DIRECT THREAT'


Paris: A British Airways flight from Paris was evacuated at Charles de Gaulle airport here on Sunday for security reasons after passengers were told a "direct threat" had been made towards the aircraft.

Police confirm a search of the aircraft found no threat and the alert was lifted.

James told Mirror Online: "The pilot then said there had been a direct security threat involving our flight specifically".

As reported by the Independent, a spokesperson for British Airways said in a statement that their top priority is always the safety and security of both their customers and the airline crew.

James Anderson, a 20-year-old entrepreneur on the Sunday morning flight from Paris to London's Heathrow Airport, told The Associated Press (AP) that the pilot initially told passengers there were technical issues. "We will continue on to London Heathrow", he tweeted.

'We would never operate a flight unless it is safe to do so'. We will all be led off the aircraft & baggage searched in due course'.

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He then posted: "Everybody's been individually searched by armed officers and given all clear".

Sniffer dogs have also begun searching luggage.

The checks were completed and the flight was able to take off shortly before noon (1000 GMT), more than four hours late.

The incident comes days after a bomb was detonated on a District Line Tube train at Parsons Green station in West London.

The threat level is now at the highest possible alert, meaning an attack
is "expected imminently".

France has been one of the countries hardest hit by terror attacks in recent years, with 130 killed in the Paris attacks in November 2015, and 84 killed in the Nice attacks in July last year.