- The flight was fully boarded and about to take off when the alert was received
- Passengers were hauled off the flight and full security checks are taking place
- Security concerns have been heightened by the terrorist attack in Manchester
Passengers have been hauled off a flight from Dubai to Heathrow following a bomb threat.
The plane had just began to taxi away from the jetway when it screeched to a halt and the entire aircraft was evacuated after a last-minute security alert.
The captain on the flight then verified with passengers that a bomb threat had been received and, following the terror attack in Manchester, Virgin was putting the safety of its customers first.
This the plane that passengers have been hauled off from Dubai to Heathrow following a bomb threat
One passenger on the plane told reporters that the plane was fully boarded and was about to take off, when all staff suddenly had to spring into action.
‘We were just moving and then the captain called his flight crew immediately and they all ran up the front,’ they said.
‘Ten minutes later we were told to get off.
They added: ‘The captain just came out and said Virgin take the safety of passengers very seriously – following the events in Manchester, Virgin had received a bomb threat so as precaution they have asked everyone to leave the plane.’
However, the mood in the airport is tense, with some passengers refusing to get back on and demanding they switch flights.
The passenger said: ‘Someone said they saw a bomb disposal truck and said it out loud, but it wasn’t. It was just a normal fire truck.
‘Everyone’s a bit on edge.’
A Virgin Atlantic spokesman said: ‘Our customers travelling on the VS401 from Dubai to London Heathrow have temporarily disembarked the aircraft for additional security checks.
‘This is purely as a precautionary measure as the safety of our customers and crew is our number one priority and we’re planning to have everyone on their way as quickly as possible.’