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Published on Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Airport evacuated over pair of hair straighteners



Thousands of holidaymakers had their travel plans disrupted yesterday after a suspected package was spotted at Luton Airport.


Passengers were evacuated from the terminal building at around 14:00hrs and flights were suspended.


EasyJet was forced to divert six flights to Stansted, Birmingham and Southend and it cancelled the remaining 41 flights to and from Luton yesterday afternoon.


Passengers on Wizz Air flights also suffered long delays. The airline had at least eight late departures and arrivals. A Luton Airport spokesman said Monarch and Ryanair flights were also hit.


He refused to confirm the nature of the suspected package, saying only it was 'a sensitve issue', but the Telegraph said it was believed it turned out to be a pair of hair straighteners.


Bedfordshire Police carried out a controlled explosion on the package, which had been passed through a security scanner, at 17:15hrs. The airport reopened shortly afterwards.


Officers said the item was destroyed and 'although deemed suspicious, did not present a wider danger'. The police said no-one had been arrested.


A Luton spokesman said the airport was getting back to normal this morning, but operations was still dealing with 'a backlog' at 10.30hrs.


 

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  • Typical over-reaction

    This sounds like it's the typical over-reaction of the British authorities, who don't make any allowance for inconvenience to the ordinary citizen and the wider economy. Of course, they justify this by insisting that they would be criticized if pax were injured or worse, but I suspect that no proper risk assessment was undertaken. A few years ago, I was outbound from GVA when a suspect package was discovered. They simply cleared a wide cordon around the package, which was in the check-in area . A robot was brought in & after a while it appeared to shoot the package as if with a rifle. Total delay: about 60 minutes.

    By Peter Lewis, Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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