Terror chaos at Stansted

PUBLISHED: 07:11 17 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:47 31 May 2010

THE chaos continued at Stansted airport yesterday (Wednesday) following last Thursday s terror alert. MI5 put all UK airports on a critical level of alert - the highest possible level, which is used when an attack is expected imminently and indicates a

THE chaos continued at Stansted airport yesterday (Wednesday) following last Thursday's terror alert.

MI5 put all UK airports on a 'critical' level of alert - the highest possible level, which is used when "an attack is expected imminently and indicates an extremely high level of threat to the UK".

This left swarms of passengers stranded at Stansted and other airports last Thursday, as staff enforced rigorous security checks.

One Stansted passenger who did not wish to be named said: "It is absolute chaos here, people can't move because it is that packed. Nobody seems to know what is going on, I queued for hours only to find my flight has been cancelled.

"But safety is the most important thing, so if this is what we have to do then I'm happy to put up with it."

The delays and cancellations continued well into the weekend and earlier this week with eight flights cancelled on Tuesday. By yesterday (Wednesday), the situation had improved, with passengers allowed one piece of hang luggage.

But travellers were still experiencing delays.

A spokesman for Stansted Airport said yesterday (Wednesday): "Today we have had no cancellations, and though some flights are running late most are only about 30 minutes delayed.

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