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All passengers on board an Alitalia plane at Rome airport due to fly to London were evacuated after an anonymous phone call said there were explosives on board, airport authorities have said.
Flight AZ-203 was due to take off from Rome's Fiumicino airport at 12.35pm UK time.
Instead all 165 passengers were evacuated and security personnel checked the luggage while the aircarft was surrounded by police and fire services.
Originally posted by Britguy
Perhaps it was a passenger late for their flight who called it in to delay things a bit until they got to the airport.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Either way it costs the airline a ton of money and a huge inconvenience. And that's something Alitalia can't afford right now. They're barely existing as it is right now IIRC. It doesn't cost them as much in fuel as it would if they were airborne, but depending on how they did the evacuation, it could keep the plane out of service for days, which would SERIOUSLY hurt the airline.
The passengers were allowed back on the flight and the plane was due to make a delayed take-off during the afternoon.