Page last updated at 23:10 GMT, Saturday, 9 January 2010

Two charged after Heathrow airliner security alert

Heathrow airport
There is heightened security at airports after failed Christmas Day bombings

A passenger has been charged with making a bomb threat which grounded a plane at London's Heathrow Airport on Friday night.

Robert Fowles, 58, from Dover, Kent, was also charged with being drunk on an aircraft, the Metropolitan Police said.

Alexander McGinn, 48, who is also from Dover, was also charged with being drunk on an aircraft.

Armed police boarded the Dubai-bound Emirates flight after remarks were made to cabin crew.

Mr Fowles, who lives in Edred Road, Dover, will appear from custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Sunday.

Mr McGinn, of Lowther Road, has been bailed and will appear at the same court on 22 January.

A third passenger who was arrested, a man aged 36, was released without charge, police said.

The incident came amid heightened tension at airports across the world following an unsuccessful attempt to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day.

The incident happened as the plane, which had 331 passengers on board, was taxiing for take-off.

The other passengers were eventually taken off the aircraft and driven to a hotel for the night.

Their flight was rescheduled and departed on Saturday afternoon.

Extra bag checks, body searches and on-board regulations have seen travellers in London experiencing longer waits before their flights take off, following the failed bombing of a plane en route to the US city of Detroit.

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