London-bound flight diverted after threat

01/24/2011 10:06 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

LONDON — British authorities say a Heathrow Airport-bound flight from Abu Dhabi was diverted and given a fighter escort after a passenger began making threats.

Britain's military says two Royal Air Force jets were scrambled to accompany the Etihad flight as it was diverted to Stansted airport, north of London. Police say a 37-year-old British man was arrested Monday but gave no further details.

An Etihad Airways spokeswoman says the flight was diverted because a disruptive passenger was making inappropriate comments.

The aircraft landed safely and no one was injured.

Last year, two men were charged with making drunken bomb threats as their Emirates flight was preparing to take off for Dubai.