Monday, 27 Jan 2020

Police filmed boarding Gatwick flight after ‘security threat’ as planes grounded

Police have been filmed boarding a plane at Gatwick Airport after a security threat on an easyJet flight from Krakow, Poland.

Planes were grounded at the airport in West Sussex after reports of a “threat” being made.

Footage has now surfaced of an officer in a high-vis jacket at the front of an aircraft, having boarded it on the runway.

Kieran Bridge posted the clip to Twitter, saying: “Police on our plane at Gatwick Airport – security issue apparently.”

In a response to a comment on the video, Kieran said the incident happened on an easyJet flight from Krakow in Poland.

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Joel Smith, another passenger, wrote: "Gatwick Airport stopped. Just landed on the tarmac.

"Flight captain says 'due to security threat made towards aviation'.

"Emergency services currently checking aircraft."

A Gatwick spokesperson has since told Daily Star Online the runway was closed for 20 minutes "to allow the investigation of an inbound aircraft".

"This is standard procedure to allow the investigation to take place," they said.

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"It was an incident involving the police, the incident has now been stood down."

EasyJet has confirmed the boarded flight EZY8512 upon arrival at London Gatwick "as a result of a safety-related issue".

"The flight was cleared by authorities and landed in line with standard procedures and passengers disembarked as per normal," the statement added.

"We take very seriously any security threat to ensure the continued safety and security of our passenger and crew.”

Daily Star Online has approached Sussex Police and the British Transport Police for comment.

It comes as flights in and out of London Gatwick, as well as Eurostar trains, have been hit by five days of strikes.

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