- Robin Tudor – the airport’s Head of PR & Communications stressed that there was no risk to passengers’ safety and that the issue related “a technical problem with one of the scanning machines”.
- Asked if was down to human error he said “at this stage we don’t think so”.
- He confirmed that “we are talking thousands” of passengers evacuated from the lounge on what is always a busy day.
- “We are working with the airlines. Obviously there will be delays to flights but we are working as hard as we can to catch back up again and minimise disruption.”
- What should passengers do?
- “Anyone travelling should contact their airlines in the first instance. They should still come to their airport but they should expect delays if their flights are due in the next few hours.”
- Passengers are also urged to allow extra time through security given the large numbers of people having to go through.
Holidaymakers at John Lennon Airport were this afternoon evacuated – with some even moved off planes and outside of the airport.
A Police Officer at the airport has told one holiday maker there is an issue with a security scanner and they have been evacuated for their own safety.
A spokesman for Merseyside police described the incident as a “customer service issue” and said they were not involved.
Liverpool John Lennon airport has said in a statement:
“Due to a technical problem with one of the Airport’s passenger scanning machines, all passengers have been removed from the Departure Lounge and are currently in the process of being re-screened. There is no threat to passenger safety with this re-screening process necessary in order to ensure security compliance.”
More as we get it…