US-bound BA plane in ‘threat’ alert

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Passengers were asked to put their luggage on the tarmac

Police in the US say they have received an unspecified threat about a British Airways flight from London to Newark.

The flight, carrying 206 passengers and 13 crew, landed at Newark Liberty International Airport at around 13:00 local time (17:00 GMT).

Airport police have moved the plane to a far corner of the airport for further inspection, but the threat is currently being described as less than credible.

Passengers were evacuated from the plane and the luggage removed.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police spokesman Joe Pentangelo said passengers’ hand luggage and checked-in baggage would be rescreened as a precaution.

A BA spokesman told the Press Association: “The aircraft has landed normally. Security checks will carried out as a precaution.

“We do not discuss details of operational security. The safety and security of our customers and crew is our number one priority.”

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