LONDON – In developing news, Glasgow Airport has been locked down and passengers evacuated from the facility this morning, following reports of a suspicious item in a bag.
Police Scotland have issued the following statement:
“Around 5.55 am on Monday, 5 December 2022, police were called to a report of a suspicious item within the security search hall of Glasgow Airport. As a precaution the check-in and security hall areas were closed to the public.”
This has just been updated with the additional statement:
“The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) is in attendance and a cordon is now in place. Staff and members of the public have been moved from the check-in area to the multi-storey car park. Police and emergency services remain at the scene.”
The BBC News have carried footage of what appears to be a bomb disposal robot entering the Terminal building.
Passengers and airport patrons were evacuated from the facility earlier this morning and were issued with foil blankets for warmth.
The Glasgow Airport management is yet to provide an update of the situation.
UPDATE 1200 UTC
The Royal Navy bomb disposal squad is reported to be leaving Glasgow Airport according to eyewitnesses. Passengers have been reported to be exiting the airport with luggage as arriving flights appear to be being processed in.
Glasgow Airport and Scotland Police are yet to provide formal updates.
UPDATE 1245 UTC
Police Scotland have issued an update following investigations at Glasgow Airport today, confirming the item which raised the alarm was “innocent in nature” and “posed no risk to the public”:
“Around 5.55 am on Monday, 5 December 2022, 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.”
“Following examination of the item by the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team (EOD) it was confirmed that it posed no risk to the public and was innocent in nature. All areas of the airport are in the process of being re-opened.”