Sept. 17 (UPI) — A British Airways jet was evacuated Sunday at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris because of a “direct threat,” officials said.
Flight BA303 was due to take off 7:25 a.m. Sunday bound for Heathrow in London when the incident occurred.
Passengers waited on the tarmac near Terminal 2 as security personnel and sniffer dogs searched bags and aircraft.
Police and fire engines surrounded the plane on the tarmac.
After the plane was cleared, he tweeted: “Our pilot was an absolute credit to @British-Airways. Extremely calm and composed, handled the situation wonderfully.”
The Airbus 320 took off at 11:10 a.m., a British Airways spokeswoman confirmed.
“The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority,” the airline said in a statement. “Additional security checks are being carried out as a precaution. We would never operate a flight unless it is safe to do so.”
French police said evacuation of the plane was triggered by a “false alarm.”
The security threat came two days after an explosion rocked a crowded London subway car, injuring at least 29, in what officials say was a terror attack.