A bomb from the Second World War was discovered on August 20, 2018, under the apron of Brussels Airport (BRU) in Belgium. The ordnance was later defused in the night between August 21 and 22, 2018.

The bomb was discovered during construction work in the cargo area of Brucargo, “under the apron 9” according to Brussels Airport. After the enforcement of a 100 meter safety perimeter, the demining service of the Belgian army (Dienst voor de opruiming en vernietiging van ontploffingstuigen / Service d’Enlèvement et de Destruction d’Engins Explosifs) assessed that the device did not present any immediate threat. It later successfully neutralized the bomb “without having to detonate it”.

Despite several flights being affected to other runways because of the safety perimeter around apron 9, there was no impact on air traffic at the airport.

On August 17, 2018, Auckland International Airport (AKL), New Zealand, was partly closed after a passenger declared two WW2 artillery shells to Customs. He found the shells during a diving excursion and wanted to keep as a souvenir. They were confiscated.

On February 11, 2018, the discovery of a World War II bomb in the River Thames prompted the closure of London City Airport (LCY), affecting the flights of 16,000 passengers.

London City Airport has been shut down for a second day since the discovery of a World War II bomb in the River Thames nearby. All flights were cancelled.