Heathrow’s Terminal 2 is on lockdown as ‘suspicious’ item of luggage sparks security alert at airport
- Armed police and response dogs were seen at Heathrow investigating luggage
- Officers probed the luggage at the scene as the terminal was put on lockdown
- Disruption began at around 1.30pm and flyers were seen to be getting restless
Armed police were investigating a suspicious package at London’s Heathrow Airport after an item was found in Terminal 2 this afternoon.
Officers stopped large crowds entering a security screening area after disruption began at around 1.30pm.
One passenger tweeted that the were ‘police dogs everywhere’ and another wrote: ‘Incident at Heathrow Airport right now. Security gate got shut! Terminal 2.’
People were seen growing restless at Heathrow this afternoon after police found a suspicious package
Crowds were reportedly getting restless at Heathrow this afternoon as specialist officer s investigated luggage
People were not allowed to enter terminal 2 this afternoon as a suspicious item was found at the airport
Police probed the package as people grew ‘restless’ at the scene. The force tweeted that the assessment is now complete and the terminal will be reopening.
‘Assessment of luggage item by specialist officers now complete,’ they wrote. ‘Nothing untoward. Terminal 2 zone that was being looked at by police will be reopened shortly. Thank you for your patience @HeathrowAirport.’
The security lanes have now reopened and the airport is not yet aware of any delays caused by the incident.
A spokeswoman for the airport said: ‘Earlier today, we worked with the Met police to respond to an incident in Terminal 2 which temporarily affected security processing lanes.
‘Our security lanes are now open and passengers are being processed through as normal.
‘The safety of our passengers and colleagues is our absolute priority and we apologise to those passengers whose journeys were impacted as we responded to this incident.’