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British Airways flight held at Paris airport due to security threat

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A British Airways plane bound for Heathrow was evacuated in Paris over a security threat on Sunday morning.

While the flight was scheduled to leave at 7:25 AM local time, passengers were told to evacuate shortly prior to takeoff due to a "direct threat" made against the French airport.

Reportedly, everybody was individually searched by armed officers and luggage were searched by sniffer dogs.

That's when we noticed police and fire vehicles quickly surround the plane and dozens of armed officers and firefighters got out.

He said passengers have remained calm despite the situation.

At around 11.10am, a British Airways spokeswoman confirmed the flight had taken off.

Anderson also posted a video showing the British Airways plane on the tarmac, surrounded by officials.

He added: "Our pilot was an absolute credit to @British_Airways".

Anderson told CNN they had not received any further updates from officials but that passengers were re-boarding the aircraft.

He continued: 'I believe the intention is to return to the same plane assuming the search is all clear.

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

'We were told they are also now searching the aircraft with dogs'. "Additional security checks are being carried out as a precaution", British Airways said in a statement when asked about the flight.

The threat comes after an improvised explosive device partially detonated in a subway train in London's Parsons Green tube station on Friday, injuring 29 people.

Passenger James Anderson, 20, told how he was initially told flight BA0303 was facing delays over technical issues ahead of its departure to London Heathrow.