Fri, Mar 14, 2008
Security Detonates Backpack; Groups Plan More
Elizabeth will be on hand Friday at London Heathrow Airport to
officially open British Airways' new Terminal Five... and we
imagine security will be tighter than ever, particular after a rash
of breaches by environmental groups.
Reuters reports Thursday, a man thought to be connected with
environmental protestors sprinted out onto Heathrow's north runway
carrying a bag, the second major security breach in a month.
Police confirmed the incident happened about 2:05pm, and said
the man is in custody. His bag was detonated as a precaution, but
was found to contain no explosives.
Protestors seeking to roll back or completely eliminate airline
flights over Europe have targeted Heathrow, where Terminal Five, a
planned sixth terminal, and a planned third runway have made the
airport a prominent symbol of growth in air travel.
As ANN reported, last month
protestors exploited a faulty security door to gain access to a
parked passenger jet, climbed atop it, and unveiled a banner across
Airport security has been a sensitive point with officials since
2006, when they say they foiled a plot to smuggle explosives aboard
a transatlantic flight. Environmental activists say more protests,
and more embarrassing moments for security at Heathrow, are
For the time being, however, a spokesman for the Queen says
she'll be there today as scheduled. Terminal Five will welcome its
first real passengers on March 27th.
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