British Airways flight security scare forces evacuation in Paris

British Airways plane held tarmac Paris terror London attack police threat

'There was an incident that led authorities to decide to keep the plane on the ground and to disembark the passengers a few minutes before take-off, to carry out additional checks, ' the spokesman said.

The airline did not state the nature of the alleged threat.

They said: 'The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority.

British traveller James Anderson later tweeted: "Pilot: "Aircraft has been deemed absolutely safe".

Anderson also posted a video showing the British Airways plane on the tarmac, surrounded by officials.

Earlier: A British Airways flight has been held on the tarmac of a Paris airport because of a "direct threat" to the plane, a passenger has said.

"The pilot then explained that there was a security threat specifically involving our flight, and each passenger and every piece of luggage was thoroughly searched", Anderson said.

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The flight had been scheduled to land in Heathrow at 7:45am local time, but is now expected at 11:05am.

He said passengers have remained calm despite the situation.

"Every single person and every single item of baggage was searched". Everybody's been individually searched by armed officers and given all clear.

An improvised explosive device partially detonated on a train at the Parsons Green station on the District line, injuring 29 people.

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.

Armed police and fire vehicles have reportedly surrounded the Airbus A320 following reports of a "direct threat" while the flight has been evacuated at the Charles De Gaulle airport.

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