Thursday, 18 August 2016

Manchester airport evacuated after suspicious package found in departure area


Armed police officers stand guard at the entrance at Manchester airport in Manchester, northern England. File photo. © Phil Noble
Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2 has been evacuated after a suspicious unattended package was found by staff, according to UK media. Unconfirmed reports on social media suggested the package had ‘tested positive’ for a device.
The item is believed to be a bag that was left for a long time in the drop-off area outside the airport.
The terminal has been duly evacuated and cordoned off as a precaution.
Airport officials are asking people to leave the area and keep away from windows and glass constructions.
There have been no delays in plane departures or arrivals, according to the airport’s timetable.
Bomb scares in airports and other crowded public places have become relatively frequent as of late following this year’s deadly explosions in Brussels and Istanbul.

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