Commercial cleaning fluid spill sparks Luton Airport evacuation

By August 5, 2010Articles

Commercial cleaning fluid spill sparks Luton Airport evacuation

Luton Airport was evacuated at the weekend after Commercial Cleaning fluid spills sparked safety concerns.

The spill caused a security alert after baggage staff noticed a leak from a passenger’s luggage, prompting officials to evacuate thousands of travellers from the Bedfordshire terminal at 9.15am.

A Monarch Airlines flight to Faro in Portugal was also grounded, as staff feared the commercial cleaning fluid might have contaminated other bags being loaded onto the plane.

Check-in later resumed just before midday after police arrested a Polish man for trying to take an illegal substance onto the plane.

“Just after 9.15am, an unknown substance was spilled in the baggage area of the airport,” a spokesperson for Luton Airport said.

“As a result, the area terminal was evacuated while authorities dealt with the substance. Check in was also suspended. There will be delays to flights but passengers should arrive as normal.”

A spokesman for Bedfordshire police said the incident is not thought to be a terrorist threat at this stage. The fluid has been sent off to experts for analysis.

Posted by Teodora Ivanova

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