Security scare at Birmingham Airport resolved as false alarm, normal operations resume

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17th April 2024 – (Birmingham) Birmingham Airport experienced a temporary halt in its operations on Tuesday afternoon following a security scare aboard an Aer Lingus flight bound for Belfast. The incident, which was later confirmed as a false alarm, led to the suspension of all flights and significant delays across various services.

The disruption began when West Midlands Police were alerted to reports of a suspicious item on the aircraft shortly after its departure. In response, the plane was swiftly diverted back to Birmingham, landing safely just after 16:00 BST. Authorities, including specialist officers and canine units, conducted a thorough search of the aircraft.

A spokesperson for Aer Lingus clarified that the item in question, initially undeclared, was subsequently found to pose no security threat. The airline is actively working to accommodate passengers affected by the disruption, ensuring that they can continue their journeys without further inconvenience.

Birmingham Airport authorities confirmed that the aircraft landed without incident and operations were resumed by 18:00 BST. They advised travellers to proceed to the airport and check in for their flights as scheduled. Despite the swift resolution, the incident caused delays extending beyond two hours for several flights, as indicated by updates on the airport’s website.

In addition to the flight disruptions, the security alert had a ripple effect on nearby transport services. Birmingham International railway station saw a temporary standstill in train services, with West Midlands Railway attributing the halt directly to the airport incident. Network Rail reported that all rail lines were reopened by 18:20 BST, but residual disruptions continued until approximately 19:00 BST.

East Midlands Airport also played a pivotal role during the incident, accommodating a number of diverted flights, including a Ryanair service from Lanzarote, which further underscored the widespread impact of the security scare.