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Old 8th Jan 2010, 22:10
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heathrow incident

armed police board flight -- sky news. anybody know anything more?

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Old 8th Jan 2010, 22:11
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Security Incident at Heathrow

Sky News reporting an incident at Heathrow at the moment.

One picture from a mobile phone already sent in can you believe???
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Old 8th Jan 2010, 22:15
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Sky are winging it a bit if that picture and a passenger report is the sole basis for their report.

They're claiming it is a flight to Dubai, delayed on the tarmac for over two hours according to the passenger. Most likely:

20:00 EK004 DUBAI TAXIED 2119
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Old 8th Jan 2010, 22:17
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Old 8th Jan 2010, 22:20
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Heathrow Airport: Security Alert On Plane | UK News | Sky News

I think Sky are taking a gamble if their report is only based on this picture and a passenger account. The photo isn't great and that could quite possibly just be Arabian dress rather than some kind of black security uniform you see in the picture!
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Sky News is great. "Experts" on the phone less than 10 mins after the story first broke on TV!!!
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Old 8th Jan 2010, 22:24
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Sky have witness on plane who say 2 people arrested and taken off - police in full body armour appear to by S019 - say Sky
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Old 8th Jan 2010, 22:25
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Also apparently a verbal threat as the plane was taxing.
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BBC News - Security Alert on Heathrow Airport plane

Police are attending a security alert at London's Heathrow Airport, a spokesman has said.
A Scotland Yard source confirmed an incident occurred on a Dubai-bound plane, believed to be an Emirates jet.
A spokesman for the Met said: "We are aware of a security incident at Heathrow. The airport and terminal remains open."
It is being reported that there had been two arrests and the remaining passengers remained on the jet.
"We have not found anything," the source added.
An airport spokesman said: "I can confirm there has been an incident on the EK004 flight to Dubai."
"Police are attending. It's not affecting the rest of the airport which remains open."
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Old 8th Jan 2010, 23:27
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Just heard that the three men arrested had been drinking a large amount of alcohol.

I'm pretty much guessing we can discount them as terrorists then.......
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Old 9th Jan 2010, 05:29
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Another mountain out of a molehill!

Just another bunch of idiot BritChavs making the Queen proud before they set off to the Mecca of Bling Capital Dubai!

Im sure their hangovers are beginning to kick in around about now. Oh to be a fly on the wall in that cell at Heathrow Police Station!
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Old 9th Jan 2010, 07:36
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I wish airlines would be tougher in denying boarding to passengers who are intoxicated rather than have them cut up on board and become a pain for everyone else.

At the end of the day no one forces them to drink, if they are that nervous about flying that they need to be drunk to do it, then they should not fly.

Harsh but fair.
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Old 9th Jan 2010, 07:59
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Typical over-reaction by the security services

Sure, these 3 idiots ought to be locked up and banned from flying in the foreseeable future, which is what will happen, no doubt. And very right too. This is not, however, a reason for 330-odd hapless passengers to miss their flight, their connections, and basically, screw up their life.

I feel more aggrieved towards those zealous, constantly fretting about, security services. To me the whole point about life is to keep a sense of perspective and make rational judgments, which is obviously not what the security busy-bodies seem to be doing.

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Old 9th Jan 2010, 08:23
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Pity they couldn't get them to Dubai for the authorities there to deal with these drunks..... 6 months in gaol in Dubai would seem a useful deterrent to others who drink too much before boarding. Here they'll probably claim they had broken childhood and be sentenced to 200 hours Community Service suspended for 2 years and a £40 fine, when they should be fined the total costs of the delay and alert, or 1 day in gaol for every £100 of costs caused.
I suppose now we'll have a breathalyser function built in to the scanning equipment.
I'd be happier if the "authorities" spent their time in screening out undesirables rather than treat everyone as a suspect.
I can see a time when air travel will have all pax sedated so they can't do anything in flight.......... just hang em up on dry cleaner type rails and hook 'em up to load or unload. Hmmm.... Ryanair will work out that upright pax will double or treble capacity........
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Old 9th Jan 2010, 20:25
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I had a similar experience and we were kept on the plane for two hours while the police tried to get a drunk off before we could deplane
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Old 9th Jan 2010, 20:38
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Was that the United pilot last November ?

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Old 9th Jan 2010, 21:38
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"Three people arrested on a plane about to take off at Heathrow Airport were being held today on suspicion of making a bomb threat, police said.
The men - aged 58, 48 and 36 - were arrested last night after armed police boarded an Emirates flight as it was taxiing on the tarmac.
The Metropolitan Police said police were called after a “verbal threat was made to staff”.
“Three men aged 58, 48 and 36 were arrested and are now in police custody,” the force said.
“They have been arrested on suspicion of making a bomb threat.”
Police are searching the aircraft, which had 331 passengers on board, and it is understood no dangerous substances have been found.
The incident comes amid heightened tension at airports across the world in the wake of the botched Christmas Day bombing.

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