Plane evacuated at Rome airport over bomb alert

ROME (AFP) - A bomb alert at Rome's Fiumicino airport forced officials to evacuate a Vienna-bound flight shortly before take-off after a passenger told the captain he had explosives in his luggage, Italian media reported on Wednesday.

The plane, operated by Austrian budget airline Fly Niki, was immediately steered into an isolated area of the airport and the passengers were taken off.

Officials conducted a search but found nothing suspicious, according to Italian news agency AGI.

The passenger who sparked the scare was arrested for questioning, sources said, adding that he was Slovenian. His motivations for raising the alarm were unclear.

Air traffic at Fiumicino, Rome's main airport, was interrupted for nearly half an hour at around 2000 GMT (4am Singapore time on Thursday), according to AGI.

Italian authorities did not immediately confirm the details of the incident.

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