Passengers evacuated after bomb threat on Portugal domestic flight

LISBON (REUTERS) - A bomb threat on a plane preparing to leave Faro airport in Portugal's southern region of Algarve for Lisbon forced the evacuation of its 38 passengers early on Tuesday (Feb 2), a spokesman for the country's flag carrier TAP said.

"There was a bomb threat and the plane was handed over to the authorities for inspection. The passengers have been removed," he said, declining to provide details on how the threat had been delivered. Police had no immediate comment.

The flight had been due to take off at 6.05am local time, but was still being searched at 8.40am GMT.

The airport in the region popular with tourists was put on the second-highest "orange" alert, but the flights timetable showed no further delays for arrivals and departures.