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Wednesday 22 March 2023

# Heathrow

Last year
# Travel Chaos
British Airways suspends ticket sales for short-haul flights from Heathrow
Customers will be unable to book flights for domestic or European services from the west London airport until Monday week.
# summer of discontent
Ryanair boss warns flight woes to continue 'right throughout the summer'
Michael O’Leary said passengers should brace for a “less than satisfactory experience” this summer.
All time
# social distancing
Northern Ireland health minister 'shocked' by images of packed Aer Lingus flight
Photos seemed to show little evidence of social distancing on a flight from Belfast to London.
# London
E-fit image released of man found dead in London after falling from plane
The body of the man was found in a residential garden on 30 June.
# Drones
Police arrest five people over plans to shut down Heathrow airport with drones
A campaign by Heathrow Pause – an offshoot of the Extinction Rebellion – was planned for this morning.
# Heathrow
Anyone found guilty of operating drone at airfield 'could face life sentence', Met Police says
Departures from Heathrow Airport were suspended temporarily yesterday following a suspected drone sighting.
# Heathrow
Flights resume at Heathrow Airport after suspected drone sighting.
All departures were suspended for around an hour.
# Birds of Prey
Irish man due in UK court for attempting to smuggle rare bird eggs at Heathrow
Many of the eggs recovered on 26 June have now hatched.
# wildlife
50 live crocodiles from Malaysia seized at Heathrow Airport
Each box only had room for four crocodiles but 10 had been packed into each one.
# Crash
Man dies following 'serious accident' at Heathrow airport
Two members of staff operating airport vehicles were involved in the incident.
# confidential details
Heathrow launches probe after USB stick with security info found on London street
The unencrypted device has 174 documents on it.
# Heathrow
Two cash-in-transit drivers staged a £7m heist but were caught out by their mobile phones
The men will be sentenced later this month.
# Turkey
Two men arrested at Heathrow on suspicion of terrorism offences
The men – both aged 21 and from Leicester and Birmingham – were detained after landing on a flight from Turkey.
# don't press this button
British Airways bank holiday chaos likely caused by 'human error'
The meltdown, which saw 75,000 passengers stranded, was at first suspected to be the result of a cyber attack.
# it failure
British Airways to resume flights following chaotic day but warns of 'knock-on disruption'
All flights from London Heathrow and Gatwick were suspended yesterday following the delays.
# Snow
Weather warnings in place as people urged to check status of flights
Passengers have been advised to contact their airlines.
# piecemeal approach
New Heathrow runway "a return to monopoly featherbedding" says Ryanair CEO
Today, the British government approved a new third runway at London’s Heathrow airport, with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling calling it a “momentous step”.
# Protests
Black Lives Matter protesters are causing traffic chaos at Heathrow airport
Protesters have blocked the main road into the airport, Europe’s busiest, this morning.
# 4th of july
'Terror threat' made against Heathrow airport
The warning reportedly said there will be “a device placed in either Heathrow, LAX or JFK” airport.
# VS025
London to New York flight forced to turn around after laser is pointed at it
Police are investigating the incident.
# London
Man taken to hospital after stabbing himself in the head in Heathrow airport
It is understood the man took the knife from a shop in the departure lounge.
# take note
Delays to Irish flights after protesters occupy Heathrow runway
Services have been disrupted by a runway demonstration.
# Luton
Family of 12 thought to have travelled to Syria to join Islamic state group
The group was reported missing after they failed to return from a holiday to Bangladesh.
# stowaway
Man plunges to his death after trying to cling onto airplane from South Africa to London
A second man is in a critical condition in hospital.
# i can be your hero baby
Limerick farmer tackled passenger who tried to open door mid-flight
A local councillor said the man is a very popular character in the Kilcornan area and doesn’t think his heroic act was that big a deal.
# Come Fly With Me
Knock-on UK flight disruption following Heathrow computer meltdown
Some 38 flights have been cancelled, but there are no reports of Irish flight delays.
# air corps
The Air Ambulance completed its 100th journey of 2014 over the weekend
It transferred a patient from Dublin to London.
# United Airlines
Reports of smoke in the cockpit forces flight to divert to Dublin Airport
The United Airlines flight landed safely at 6.15pm.
# not a drill
Enhanced Ebola screening begins at Heathrow Airport
It will be expanded into Gatwick and the Eurostar by the end of next week.
# Bag man
Homeless man jailed for 3 years for stealing bags from Heathrow
The 59-year-old targeted people who were travelling on their own, waited until they were distracted, and then took their bags.
# Nigella Lawson
Nigella Lawson barred from boarding US flight over cocaine confession
The chef was not allowed to board a flight from Heathrow to Los Angeles on Sunday.
# Air Traffic Control
Flights getting back to normal after major air traffic control problem fixed
Passengers at Dublin Airport were among thousands affected by the technical problem.
# Cocaine
Scotland Yard breaks international drugs ring
Police seized millions of pounds worth of cocaine in dawn raids in London.
Husband of journalist who broke NSA leaks story held for nine hours in London
Metropolitan Police confirmed that David Miranda, husband of journalist Glenn Greenwald, was held up as he passed through London’s Heathrow Airport on his way home to Rio de Janeiro from Berlin.
# London
Plane catches fire at London Heathrow
In a separate incident at Manchester, another Boeing 787 Dreamliner was forced to turn back after take-off due “technical difficulties”.
# Coo
Pigeons force Aer Lingus flight to abandon trip to London
Flight EI168 left Dublin at 3pm – but was back after 15 minutes after striking a flock of birds.
# Snow
More UK flights cancelled due to heavy snowfall and ice
Hundreds of stranded passengers slept at Heathrow Airport overnight after almost 400 flights were cancelled yesterday.
# London
Syria-related terror arrest at Heathrow
The man, 24, was was taken into custody by counterterrorism officers after immigration officials stopped him once he arrived on a flight from Bahrain this morning.
# Cork Airport
Lack of flights to Cork hampering business in region
Cork Chamber of Commerce calls for an increase in flights to boost growth in the south of Ireland.
# London
Two arrested in Heathrow by counter-terrorism police
Police said they arrested a man and woman, both aged 26, at 8.30pm last night.