Qatar Airways passengers found out about jet escort via Twitter

Passengers said to be told nothing by flight attendants but read news on the micro-blogging site

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Qatar Airways passengers found out about jet escort via Twitter The QR23 flight from Doha to Manchester was escorted to its destination by an RAF jet after its crew received a threat about a possible device on board. (Getty Images)
By  Helen Gaskell Published  August 6, 2014

Passengers on the Qatar plane which was escorted into Manchester airport yesterday said they discovered what was going on via Twitter, The Guardian reported.

"We stopped at the end of the runway and I found out what was going on by looking at Twitter," Matthew Qox said.

Qox tweeted his reaction from the air, saying: "Apparently I'm in the plane that got escorted by a fighter jet; flight QR23 from Doha. Would have been nice to have been told!"

"I found out what was happening on Twitter," said Josh Hartley, who said the cabin crew had given no information.

The QR23 flight from Doha to Manchester was escorted to its destination by an RAF jet after its crew received a threat about a possible device on board. It arrived safely at 1.15pm and a passenger has been arrested on suspicion of making a bomb threat.

The news broke when tweets from eyewitnesses emerged such as: "Pretty sure I can see a plane being escorted by a military jet into Manchester airport?!" and "Plane getting escorted into Manchester airport by a fighter jet. What is going on @ManchesterAirp? #terroristthreat"

Qox and Hartley continued to post updates from the plane including photographs of the fighter plane and a photograph of a man appearing to be escorted off the plane by police at Manchester airport.

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