Police and firefighters checked a British Airways plane on the tarmac of Paris'
One passenger on the plane said it was surrounded by dozens of armed officers and firefighters.
James Anderson, a 20-year-old entrepreneur on the flight from Paris to London's
"The pilot then said there had been a direct security threat involving our flight," Anderson told the AP.
A spokesman for France's national gendarme service said police and firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving a "security alert." The spokesman said the plane was evacuated, each passenger and each bag was checked and the plane was thoroughly examined but no threats were found. Authorities determined it was a false alarm.
He would not elaborate on the nature of the original alert. The spokesman was not authorized to be publicly named according to gendarme policy.
"The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority. Additional security checks are being carried out as a precaution," British Airways said in a statement when asked about the flight.
2:25 a.m.: Updated with authorities determining the threat was a false alarm.