Aberdeen Airport Evacuated – 400 Passengers Re-Screened by Security
All flights have been delayed at Aberdeen International Airport after what has been described as an ‘operational incident’ occurred.
The airport which acts as the main heliport for helicopters travelling to offshore oil and gas installations said that up to 400 people have been sent back through security at the terminal to be re-screened – severely delaying all flights.
The incident began just before 10am on Thursday and has caused significant delays.
People at the scene have posted on social media claiming the building has been evacuated and there is a heavier than usual police presence.
Aberdeen airport’s duty manager said: “We have an operational incident ongoing and all passengers screened in the last hour had to be re-processed. The airport was evacuated as part of a security operation. I can’t tell you the nature of the incident.”
Police officers helped airport staff search passengers but the cause of the “operational incident” is unclear.
A spokeswoman said: “The airport has requested Police Scotland to assist with the re-searching of passengers and we are currently in attendance.”
“Police are still on the scene.”
Aberdeen International Airport is the main air hub in the north east of Scotland and served more than 3.8 million passengers in 2014.
It also acts as a gateway to the North Sea for helicopters travelling to offshore oil and gas installations.
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