Manchester Airport Re-opens After Security Alert

21 September 2011, 11:31

Manchester Airport's Terminal 1 has re-opened after a suspicious device was found by security staff.

The alarm was raised at Manchester Airport's Terminal 1 shortly after 8.30am today when security officials became concerned about the bag being carried by a male passenger.

Police said the passenger is being interviewed.

Superintendent Phil Davies, police commander at the Airport, said: "We were alerted to something that appeared to be a suspicious device and as a precaution we evacuated Terminal 1.

This incident shows that the security measures we have in place are effective and play an important role and when we get a security alert like this we will leave nothing to chance.

The safety of passengers, staff and Airport users is our primary concern.

We are working closely with the airport to resume normal business at Terminal 1, and we need to do this in a safe but swift manner."

An airport spokesman said the arrivals area at Terminal 1 remains open and that passengers with flights due to leave the terminal today were still being advised to come to the airport.

A Manchester Airport spokesman said: "At 12.10pm today the all clear was given by Greater Manchester Police after Terminal 1 departures at Manchester Airport was evacuated earlier this morning.

A suspicious bag was being investigated at the main security search area but we will be looking to return the operation to normal over the next few hours.

We again remind our passengers that we take security very seriously, and that an evacuation is a standard precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our passengers and staff.

We encourage passengers to contact their airline for the latest information if travelling today."

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