NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - No suspicious items were found aboard a British Airways plane after a bomb threat was made forcing the plane's evacuation once it landed at Newark-Liberty International Airport.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police spokesman Joe Pentangelo said the flight, which was carrying 206 passengers and 13 crew members, arrived around 1 p.m. Thursday at Newark-Liberty.
The British Airways aircraft was moved to a remote section of the airport and the passengers' checked bags and carry-on bags were re-screened as a precaution.
Passengers said they weren't aware of the threat until they landed.
"The entire flight down, nobody knew anything until we were already on the ground and there," said Sean Fitzgerald, a passenger from New Jersey. "That's when the pilot came over the intercom and told us what was going on, and he basically said there was a threat that was called in and they had to do some security measures."
SkyFoxHD was over the scene where a bomb-sniffing dog could be seen scanning the luggage which had been lined up as passengers waited in another line.
"It was really terrifying but at least there were police cars waiting for us," Stafford said. "They knew about it so the security measures were in place when we got there."
British Airways PLC is based in Hounslow, England, and is owned by Consolidated Airlines Group S.A. It didn't comment directly on the incident but said the safety of its passengers and crew is its top priority.
The were no reports of injuries.
With the Associated Press