Virgin Atlantic flight evacuated in Dubai after security threat

The airline said the evacuation was a precautionary measure

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.

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Virgin Atlantic said the disembarking of passengers was for additional security checks and “not due to a credible threat”.

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.