A ‘security alert’ at the Liverpool John Lennon airport required an army bomb disposal team on the site. After police arrived, a man was detained at the airport while experts investigated. The item they found was described as a “battery pack of unique appearance”.
Passengers on planes at the John Lennon Airport were kept on their planes while security searched the scene. The susipiscious package was found around 5:55 PM local time.
According to a spokeman for the Liverpool John Lennon Airport, the teriminal was evacuated as a precautionary measure to allow the Army Bomb Disposal Team to undertake further investigation.The area was declared safe and passengers are now returning to the terminal.
While operations are resuming as normal, the John Lennon Aiport spokesman warned that “there may be some disruption as a result.”
via Liverpool Echo:
A man was detained at the airport while experts investigated the item, described as a “battery pack of unique appearance”, on Tuesday evening.
Passengers were kept on planes and prevented from going through security while the incident was being dealt with after the package was found at around 5.55pm through routine security checks. Police were called initially, and advised airport staff to call in the army bomb specialists who arrived and made the area safe.
Check-in desks and shops remained closed for several hours after the incident, and passengers were warned to expect ongoing delays. Suzi West was flying in from Amsterdam and noticed the plane was doing several loops before landing.
About Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is an international airport serving North West England. On the outbreak of World War II the airport was operated by the RAF and known as RAF Speke. The airport is within the City of Liverpool on the banks of the estuary of the River Mersey some 6.5 nautical miles south east of the city centre. Originally Speke Airport, since 2001, the airport has been named after Liverpudlian musician John Lennon of The Beatles. Scheduled domestic, European and North African services are operated from the airport.
Between 1997 and 2007 the facility was one of Europe’s fastest growing airports, increasing annual passenger numbers from 689,468 in 1997 to 5.47 million in 2007. Despite passenger numbers having decreased to just over 4.8 million in 2016, this was an 11.1% increase on the 2015 total, making it the 12th busiest airport in the UK. The CAA Public Use Aerodrome Licence Number is P735, that allows flights for the public transport of passengers and flying instruction.