Cancun airport bomb threat: Army storms plane as passengers evacuated – Daily Star

Soldiers boarded a plane at Cancun International Airport after reports of a bomb on board.

Footage shows passengers being taken off the Viva Aerobus plane in Mexico and their luggage searched by sniffer dogs.

Airport security was stepped up to “red code”, the maximum level.

The flight 2168 was going from Cancun to Monterrey in Mexico and was due to take off two hours ago.

Aerial view of the Cancun airport in Mexico, on February 17, 2019. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images)

Federal Police said in a statement: “Security measures were activated for a bomb threat.

“So far there is nothing confirmed.”

It has been reported that it was a false alarm, but there has been no further information about what sparked the alert.

The rest of the airport is back working as normal and no other flights have been disrupted.

Cancun is a popular package holiday destination for Brit and US tourists.

Sniffer dogs check passengers’ luggage

Violence has been on the rise in the region as rival drug cartels battle it out for dominance.

Trouble between gangs was was previously separated from the tourist areas, but has now spilled over.

Cancun has been hit by tourists fears over the violence and the Thomas Cook crisis has also been a major blow.

Holiday firms offer packages to Cancun with an estimated 500,000 Brits visiting annually.

The Caribbean beaches have also been affected by stinking algae.

There is also a mass the size of a large city, floating off the coast, waiting to come ashore.

Scientists believe the problem with sargassum is now the new norm and due to pollution and climate change.

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