Heathrow Terminal 5 briefly closed following terror alert

10th Mar 2011
Heathrow Terminal 5 briefly closed following terror alert

Passengers were briefly evacuated from areas of London Heathrow Terminal 5 earlier following a suspected terror alert.

A suspect package was located at the airport, with Metropolitan Police subsequently sealing off parts of the Terminal building.

The operation lasted from 12:50 until 14:10, when the all clear was given.

Heathrow operator BAA released a statement which read: “The Terminal 5 departures concourse has now been reopened following an earlier police incident.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to passengers while police attended this incident.”

A man is in custody following the incident.

A number of passengers were delayed as new arrivals at the departure gates were prevented from entering the building.

Planes continued to operate as normal throughout the incident.



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