x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Briton who travelled from UAE arrested in Bahrain air security scare

British passenger suspected of carrying explosives has been arrested while in transit in Bahrain en route to the UK.

UPDATE: UK to confirm nationality of man arrested in Bahrain air scare

DUBAI // Bahrain security forces arrested a British man on suspicion of carrying explosives aboard a plane, but a search of the aircraft failed to find any, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.

"Security forces stopped a British man of Asian descent on suspicion that he was carrying explosives on a plane coming to Bahrain in transit and headed to Britain," the interior ministry said on Twitter.

"After ensuring the safety of all the passengers and inspecting them and the airplane, no explosives were found aboard the plane and investigations of the suspect are continuing," the ministry said.

No further details were immediately available.

Pan-Arab news channel Al Arabiya said the flight originated in the United Arab Emirates. Al Arabiya said the man was taken off the plane in Bahrain's capital Manama in a hysterical or drunken state.

Witnesses said security forces had been deployed heavily around Bahrain International Airport.

But a government official said the airport had returned to normal operations. "The situation is under control," he told Reuters by telephone.