Man held in Luton airport cleaning fluid security scare

Man held in Luton airport cleaning fluid security scare

Police and firefighters called in and check-in suspended at Luton airport after cleaning fluid found in checked-in bag

Passengers at Luton airportCheck-in was suspended at Luton airport after cleaning liquid leaked from a man’s bag. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PAA man was arrested at Luton airport today after attempting to take a suspect liquid aboard a flight.
Police and firefighters were called in after fluid leaked from a bag. The liquid was discovered in baggage the man had checked in, prompting a security alert and the suspension of check-in procedures.
An airport spokesman said: “An unknown substance was discovered in the baggage area of the airport. As a precaution the area was evacuated as investigations were taking place. The substance was subsequently identified as cleaning fluid.”
A police statement said: “Bedfordshire police were alerted by Luton airport at 7.26 this morning after a security alert. A man was arrested for taking an illegal substance on board a plane and is currently in custody. It is not thought to be a terrorist threat.”
The airport said the check-in suspension was still in place and could cause delays, but passengers should go to the airport as planned.

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