GLASGOW airport was evacuated today after a mystery package was found on a KLM flight. The emergency services placed a section of the Scottish airport on lockdown while they investigated. Here's what you need to know. Why was Glasgow Airport evacuated? A "suspicious" spillage was discovered coming from cargo on an inbound KLM flight. Part of Glasgow Airport was put on lockdown but the rest of the airport was running as normal. It is understood the KLM plane arrived from Amsterdam this morning. The incident has had a knock-on effect though and there are delays on the M8 motorway near the airport.A spokesperson for Glasgow Airport said: “At approximately 10am today, the airport fire service attended an arriving KLM flight in response to concerns raised over a piece of cargo. "Enquiries are ongoing to determine the content of the package and the aircraft has been cordoned off pending the outcome of the investigation. "All other parts of the airport are fully operational.” The … [Read more...] about What happened at Glasgow Airport, why was it evacuated and is it open?
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A strike by police officers has delayed plans to partially reopen Brussels airport to passenger flights, 10 days after bomb attacks in the Belgian capital killed 35 people. It had been expected that some operations at the Zaventem hub would resume on Friday evening after plans to do so were approved by the fire services and civilian aviation authorities. But airport police officers have withdrawn their cooperation, citing widespread security shortcomings, “questionable” left-luggage procedures and the alleged employment of minority ethnic workers with criminal records. A statement by the officers’ SLFP union on Wednesday warned that if the issues as they saw them were not addressed, “we are going to put on the brakes”. Talks to resolve the dispute reportedly snagged on a police demand for security checks on everyone entering the main airport building, which the authorities fear could create crowded bottlenecks at entrances. The deputy Belgian prime … [Read more...] about Brussels attacks: police strike delays reopening of Zaventem airport
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the two bomb attacks that killed at least 31 people and injured more than 220 in the departure hall of Brussels’ Zaventem airport and a metro station in the Belgian capital on Tuesday. The Isis-affiliated news agency AMAQ said its fighters carried out “a series of bombings with explosive belts and devices”. It also said the extremists opened fire at the airport and that “several of them” detonated suicide belts in both attacks. In the latest terror attack to hit continental Europe, two blasts targeted the main hall of the airport at about 8am, with a third detonating in the Maelbeek metro station, about 100 metres from the headquarters of the European commission, just over an hour later, during the morning rush-hour. Belgian police appealed for help identifying one of three men captured on CCTV wheeling baggage trolleys through the airport. Federal Prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said two of the men were suspected … [Read more...] about Islamic State claims attacks at Brussels airport and metro station
The number of police officers accompanying deportation flights in Germany has nearly doubled in four years, despite overall deportations decreasing. There were 11,480 police officers on deportation flights in 2018, compared with 5,841 in 2014 — a jump of 5639 in a four year period, reported the German newspaper Neuen Osnabrücker Zeitung (NOZ). During the same time period the total number of deportations has fallen — the German government told the NOZ that those being deported had decreased from 10,787 in 2015 to 7,987 in 2018. Between January and October 2019 alone a total of 11,480 police personnel traveled on deportation flights compared with 11,000 from the same time period a year before. Watch video 03:28 Share Turkey: deportation into the unknown Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3Rz4B Turkey: deportation into the unknown … [Read more...] about Germany: Police presence on migrant deportation flights nearly doubles
The morning of Tuesday 22 March began like any other at Brussels’ international airport. People going on holidays or business trips checked in their bags, queued up for coffee, and milled around the lounges waiting for their flight to be called. But the peaceful normality of a busy weekday morning was shattered at 8am, when two explosions ripped through the departure halls. The first explosion, near the check-in desks, was followed by another 15 or 20 seconds later. Passengers were confronted with scenes reminiscent of a warzone. Windows were blown out, ceilings collapsed, and smoke began filling the terminal building. “There was indescribable chaos, and there were victims everywhere,” Alphonse Youla, a baggage handler, told Belgian TV. He had heard someone shouting in Arabic around the time of the explosion, although he didn’t understand what was said. In the nearby Autogrill restaurant, staff and diners were thrown to the floor as the explosions rocked the … [Read more...] about ‘Everything is destroyed’: witnesses at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro on the bombings