Chennai: A bomb threat in one of the aircraft heading to Saudi Arabia from Chennai in Tamil Nadu created panic in the airport. A red alert was sounded at the Chennai International Airport but nothing suspicious was found.

Airport officials received a phone call that was later traced to Tamil Nadu’s Salem. The caller had tipped off the officials about a woman who was boarding a flight from Chennai to Saudi Arabia carrying an explosive.

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The airport authorities quickly began searching the airport that was heading to Saudi Arabia only to find nothing suspicious.

The threat comes just days ahead of Independence Day celebrations. Security had already been beefed up at the airport ahead of Independence Day next week.

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Chennai International Airport on Wednesday had informed travellers to arrive early amid a high-security alert. There already has been heightened bag-checking procedures put in place at the airport.

Earlier in May, security was beefed up after a similar bomb threat, later found to be a hoax, was made to the Chennai airport telephone exchange