Virgin Atlantic said passengers were evacuated on a flight from Dubai to London on Tuesday following a security threat.
The airline said on Twitter that passengers were disembarked from flight VS401 at Dubai International Airport “as a precautionary measure” after reports of a bomb threat.
UK publication MailOnline quoted a passenger as saying all crew were called to the cockpit while the plane was still at the terminal.
The passenger said the airline had received a bomb threat and was taking precautions after the terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday night, according to the publication.
Virgin Atlantic said the disembarking of passengers was for additional security checks and “not due to a credible threat”.
@TheSun To clarify; our customers were removed as a precautionary measure for additional security checks, not due to a credible threat.^R
— Virgin Atlantic (@VirginAtlantic) May 23, 2017
Dubai International Airport later confirmed the Airbus A330 flight underwent additional security checks.
Dubai Media Office confirmed at 3pm that the flight departed from the emirate.