An emailed statement sent by Emirates revealed a passenger on
Flight EK011 from the airlines' base in Dubai to London's Gatwick
Airport Sunday morning discovered a note "implying a security
The Boeing 777 was only about 10 minutes from landing in London
when the note was discovered, the statement said. The plane's 164
passengers and 18 crew were evacuated after landing and interviewed
by police. The incident also caused the airport to close
temporarily, while the aircraft was moved to a remote area of the
"The aircraft is now being thoroughly inspected and the
passengers are being interviewed by the local authorities," the
statement continued. UK police found a "suspicious device" and
later arrested a man reported to be in his 20s, on charges of
involvement in a bomb hoax, Bloomberg reported.
In a statement posted on the police website, Chief Inspector Ed
Henriet of Sussex Police said, "This was potentially an extremely
serious situation and we immediately mounted an emergency response.
At all times public safety was the key priority. We are very
grateful for the calm and understanding response from those
directly affected, including the passengers who were on board and
those waiting to meet them."