Threat Made Against Newark Airport, British Airways Flight: Source

The threats were not considered credible, two sources said

A man threatened to open fire Thursday at a Newark airport terminal and blow up a plane, a law enforcement source told NBC 4 New York. 

The caller told Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials that he wanted $50,000 cash and a flight to Mexico or else he would open fire at the terminal when a British Airways plane landed, the source said. 

He later called back and threatened to blow up the British Airways flight, the source said. The phone call was made from within the United States, the source said. 

The threats were not considered credible, two sources said. 

The flight, which is carrying 206 passengers and 13 crew members, arrived around 1 p.m., said Joe Pentangelo, Port Authority police spokesman.

The British Airways aircraft was moved to a remote section of the airport and surrounded by police and emergency crews. Passengers were then evacuated from the plane.

The passengers' checked bags and carry-ons were rescreened as a precaution.

Nothing suspicous was found in the bags or aircraft, Pentangelo said.

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