Glasgow Airport passengers evacuated amid police lockdown

Passengers have been evacuated from Glasgow Airport after security staff discovered a suspicious item in luggage.

Police were called to the scene at about 06:00 while passengers were later moved into the car park for two hours. Staff provided emergency blankets to protect against the cold and handed out water. A number of flights were cancelled or delayed while investigations were carried out.

Police sealed off the central search area and domestic arrivals area before a Royal Navy bomb disposal unit was sent to the scene. At about 12:30 Police Scotland confirmed passengers were being allowed back into the building.

A spokesperson said the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team (EOD) team had found the item was “innocent in nature”. They added: “Around 05:55 police were called to a report of a suspicious item within the security search hall of Glasgow Airport.

“As a precautionary measure, and in accordance with procedures, the check-in and security search hall areas were closed to the public and a cordon implemented. Some flights continued to take off from the airport over the course of the morning while other arrivals were diverted.

Mike McPherson, from Glasgow, told the BBC that phone signal kept dropping in and out as passengers checked for flight updates online. He had been waiting in the car park from 10:00 with a flight booked to London for a conference on Tuesday.

Many people continued to arrive expecting flights to take off, he said, adding there were no announcements provided.

A spokesperson for Glasgow Airport said: “Police Scotland have confirmed the incident has been stood down and our staff are now in the process of welcoming passengers back into the terminal and providing any assistance required. We would like to thank our passengers for their patience.

Source: BBC

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