An alleged bomb threat resulted in the grounding of an EasyJet plane that had landed in Dalaman, Turkey, from London’s Gatwick Airport on Monday. The plane was sent to a remote part of the runway at Dalaman and searched by sniffer dogs. This resulted in a significant delay to outbound passengers.
An alleged bomb threat resulted in the grounding of an EasyJet flight that had just landed in Dalaman, Turkey, from London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW), reports The Mirror. The incident occurred on Monday, when the Airbus A321, which had departed London at 06:20 a.m. local time, was directed to a remote part of the runway at Dalaman Airport (DLM) upon landing.
According to the outlet, the flight was also searched by police with sniffer dogs upon arrival.
This resulted in a significant delay for outbound passengers boarding their return flight back to London, with some expressing their exasperation with the situation on social media. Twitter @ScooterSurrey wrote, “5 hours of delay from a bomb threat on the plane,” adding that passengers had been told that the delay was for “security reasons.”
— surrey scooter services (@ScooterSurrey) July 7, 2019
An EasyJet spokesperson told that outlet that, “EasyJet can confirm that police boarded an aircraft prior to departure at Dalaman today at the request of Dalaman Airport security and additional security checks were undertaken. The safety and security of its passengers and crew is always EasyJet’s highest priority. We would like to thank passengers for their understanding.”
The enacted security measures, the spokesperson explained, meant that the plane’s crew was unable to fly, but the EasyJet explained that it had provided accommodation and food for all affected passengers.
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