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Passenger sparks brief panic on Kuwait flight

Flight 561 was ready to take off before it was temporarily disrupted when a reckless passenger 'screamed causing slight panic'

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Passengers boarding a Kuwait Airways flight to Amman from Kuwait on Saturday had their baggage re-inspected after a fellow passenger “shouted in a threatening manner,” the carrier said on its Twitter account.

The Kuwaiti interior ministry denied in a statement receiving a threat about a bomb on the plane bound to Jordan.

Flight 561 was ready to take off with 230 passengers aboard before it was temporarily disrupted when a reckless passenger “screamed in a threatening manner causing slight panic,” the airline said.

The luggage of all passengers on flight 561 were re-inspected to ensure safety following the apparent threat, the company said in a series of tweets.

Airport security immediately dealt with the offender, it added.

View of empty Kuwait Airways check-in counters at Kuwait Airport on Sunday, March 18, 2012. AP
View of empty Kuwait Airways check-in counters at Kuwait Airport on Sunday, March 18, 2012. AP