On its website, the airport said the decision was taken in the interests of safety.
“London Luton Airport has evacuated the terminal building after a security alert,” it said. “The decision has been taken with the Police to ensure the safety and security of passengers and staff. All incoming flights have been suspended and the approach road to the Airport has also been closed. Passengers are advised to contact their airlines to establish the status of their flights.”
Travellers were escorted from the terminal as alarms were raised at around 2pm.
All flights have been suspended.
Total evacuation at Luton airport still in full progress. No explanation why yet pic.twitter.com/FRZqG2gfnF
— Dean O’Brien (@DeanoBeano1) September 8, 2014
Luton airport evacuated…. pic.twitter.com/C8iOdeGs66
— JOONAS KYLMÄKORPI #1 (@kylmakorpi) September 8, 2014
Luton airport. Evacuated. Still it is sunny. pic.twitter.com/LtBLZnXnqp
— Mark Thackara (@MarkThackara) September 8, 2014
We are working closely with the police to ensure minimum inconvenience, but we must ensure that the safety of all remains top priority.
— London Luton Airport (@LDNLutonAirport) September 8, 2014
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