Glasgow Airport briefly evacuated over ‘suspicious’ luggage; flights canceled

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Glasgow Airport (GLA) was temporarily evacuated in the early hours of December 5, 2022 after a “suspicious item” was found within the security search hall of the airport.

Police Scotland was called to the scene at 06:00 local time, and passengers were moved to the airport carpark, where they waited for a couple of hours.

Video footage of the carpark was uploaded on Twitter, where passengers can be seen waiting. Some passengers were given emergency foil blankets for protection against the cold.

The central search and domestic arrival areas were sealed off by police until a Royal Navy bomb disposal unit arrived.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team (EOD) team confirmed to the BBC that the item was “innocent in nature”.

“Police were called to a report of a suspicious item within the security search hall of Glasgow Airport. As a precautionary measure, and in accordance with procedures, the check-in and security search hall areas were closed to the public and a cordon implemented,” a spokesperson for the EOD said. 

Passengers were allowed back into the airport building at 12:30 noon local time. 

Glasgow Airport confirmed to the media that 22 flights had been canceled and three had been diverted due to the evacuation.

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