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Gulf Air dismisses reports of storming plane by UK police

MANAMA, March 21, 2018

Bahrain national carrier Gulf Air has dismissed media reports that armed police stormed one of its flights at London Heathrow.

However, the carrier confirmed that upon landing of the Gulf Air flight GF003 from Bahrain in London Heathrow on March 20 at 1451 (local time), Metropolitan Police contacted Gulf Air requesting to question a passenger. In compliance with this request, Gulf Air crew located and escorted the passenger from the aircraft.

In a statement, Gulf Air said: "Following recent media reports surrounding a Gulf Air flight GF003 from Bahrain to London, Gulf Air can confirm the following: upon landing into London Heathrow on March 20 at 1451 (local time), Metropolitan Police contacted Gulf Air requesting to question a passenger. In compliance with this request, Gulf Air crew located and escorted the passenger from the aircraft.

"Contrary to media reports that “armed police stormed the flight”, Gulf Air can confirm that no authorities boarded the aircraft and the remaining passengers on board Gulf Air flight GF003 disembarked the aircraft following standard disembarking procedures in order to proceed to the terminal building," it said.
 
"Such security procedures and practices are entirely within the jurisdiction of the destination country’s official police system/authority, and such events are standard occurrences for all airlines and airports around the world. The safety, protection and comfort of Gulf Air passengers and employees are of utmost importance and Gulf Air crew are trained to handle such matters with a high level of professionalism," the statement added. - TradeArabia News Service




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