British Airways flight security scare forces evacuation in Paris

Counter-terror force units patrolling London in the aftermath of tube bombing

Counter-terror force units patrolling London in the aftermath of tube bombing

A British Airways flight bound for London was held on the tarmac in Paris on Sunday morning amid security fears, Charles de Gaulle Airport tweeted Sunday. Now hold luggage being searched by dogs'.

British Airways wrote on its website: "We're very sorry, this flight has been delayed significantly".

Flight number BA0303 was held on the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle and surrounded by police and fire vehicles at around 8am United Kingdom time this morning.

"Initially, the pilot told us there were technical problems, and we waited for about an hour, and at one point we noticed that police vehicles were encircling us, with dozens of armed officers and firemen", according to James Anderson, a passenger of the British Airways flight evacuated, quoted by Franceinfo.

But security officers and emergency services soon surrounded the plane as they were ordered off the plane at around 7.45am.

'The pilot then said there had been a direct security threat involving our flight specifically'.

"They needed to make sure everybody and everything has been searched".

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British Airways said in a statement: 'The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority.

He said passengers have remained calm despite the situation.

The airline stressed that the additional security checks had been carried out merely as a precaution and added they would never allow a flight to take off unless it was safe to do so.

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

Intelligence chiefs raised the threat level to "critical" meaning that a second attack could be imminent.

Terminal 2 at Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Roissy.

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