Police give all clear after British Airways plane searched in Paris

Armed police individually searched all the passengers while sniffer dogs checked the aircraft

Armed police individually searched all the passengers while sniffer dogs checked the aircraft

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.

A British Airways flight has taken off from a Paris airport after it was searched by armed police because of a "direct threat" to the plane.

Please Wait while comments are loading. Reportedly, everybody was individually searched by armed officers and luggage were searched by sniffer dogs.

James Anderson, 20, who was aboard the flight, posted pictures and video to social media showing passengers evacuating the aircraft with police and fire vehicles on the scene.

A British Airways spokeswoman confirmed the flight had taken off. The flight was scheduled to land at London Heathrow at 7:45 AM U.K. local time.

Speaking to the Daily Star Online, Mr Anderson said: "Initially the pilot told us there were technical issues".

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One passenger said those on board were informed by the pilot that an individual had made a direct threat against the aircraft. We were waiting on the plane for around an hour.

"They were then told the plane was to move to another part of the airport". That's when we noticed police and fire vehicles quickly surround the plane and dozens of armed officers and firefighters got out.

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

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.

'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.

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