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EasyJet passengers use emergency slides after plane lands over 'terror talk'

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EasyJet passengers use emergency slides after plane lands over 'terror talk'

Post  Lamplighter on Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:52 am

Passengers have been evacuated from a UK-bound plane via emergency slides after concerns over an onboard conversation that included "terrorist content".

The easyJet flight from Slovenia diverted to Germany where it made an unscheduled landing on Saturday evening.

A backpack was later blown up and a witness said two men were led away from the aircraft in handcuffs. Reports later said a third man had been detained.

German police said passengers reported the men had been having a discussion that included "terrorist content".

They are being questioned "on the suspicion of the preparation of a serious state-threatening violence", said a statement.

Some 151 passengers left flight EZY3246 on the emergency slides after "the pilot had been informed about a suspicious conversation on board".

The flight from Slovenian capital Ljubljana to London Stansted diverted to Cologne-Bonn airport at about 6.30pm (5.30pm UK time) on Saturday.

After being evacuated, passengers were taken to a gate to be checked by police and the airport said experts had "blown up" a piece of luggage.

A passenger on the flight told Sky News they were initially told the aircraft was diverting for "operational reasons".

He said police gathered outside the plane, which was escorted to a quiet area of the airport.

"We were told they would board to deal with a security situation," said the passenger.

"When they boarded, they went to the back and took off two men plus two other passengers, who were the ones that reported the two men to cabin crew.

"The two men were questioned outside separately, then handcuffed and taken away and police wanted us off the plane quickly, so we had to use emergency slides."

He said there was no panic on board and everyone was briefly questioned by police and told they would be put up in a hotel.

However, the passenger said it was 3am on Sunday before they were finally provided with a room. They will fly back to the UK later this morning.

Take-offs and landings were suspended for three hours during the evening security alert, causing 10 flights to be diverted and delays to 20 outbound flights.

EasyJet said the captain had landed "as a precaution to enable the aircraft to go through additional security checks in Cologne where the aircraft was met by the police".

It added: "We plan to operate the flight tomorrow morning and so are providing all passengers with hotel accommodation and refreshments along with regular updates.

"We thank passengers for their understanding. The safety of easyJet's passengers and crew is our highest priority."

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Post  bb1 on Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:28 am

Either they're idiots, in which case they deserve a spell in jail for terrifying everyone.

Or they are actual terrorists, in which case, lock up, throw away key.

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Post  Jean-Pierre.t50 on Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:40 pm

bb1 wrote:Either they're idiots, in which case they deserve a spell in jail for terrifying everyone.

Or they are actual terrorists, in which case, lock up, throw away key.

Many medieval castles had an "oubliette" - maybe we could follow suit in certain cases.

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Post  bb1 on Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:03 pm

Very fitting!

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