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  • 6 August 2014, 2:36

Passengers On Jet Tweet 'Bomb Threat' Terror

As their pilot was forced to take action over a bomb threat, passengers on the plane shared their terror with the world.

Completely unaware of what was to unfold in a few hours' time, Josh Hartley had tweeted about security at the airport in Doha, joking: "Had a full body X-ray scan in those new machines, I feel violated."

Some seven hours later, he tweeted a photograph of an RAF Typhoon jet alongside the plane, admitting: "OK, no I am worried."

As Twitter users realised there was an emergency in the skies over the UK, Mr Hartley's updates were retweeted hundreds of times on the social network.

His messages reflect a tense period of more than an hour as the Qatar Airways flight was escorted in to Manchester, with passengers unaware if they were potential victims of a terror attack.

When the plane finally touched down, the clearly shaken Briton tweeted that he could see emergency services vehicles on the tarmac and added: "Landed duno what ... is happening."

Sitting next to Mr Hartley on the flight was Twitter user Matthew Cox, who tweeted a picture of a man in a green T-shirt holding his hands on his head as he was apparently removed from the flight by armed officers.

He also posted a photo of a group of four armed officers standing yards from the plane.

Mr Hartley shared further pictures of passengers gathering their bags and boarding buses to be taken to the main terminal building.

Even as he was safely off the jet and headed for the airport terminal, he tweeted: "Still kinda shaking."

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