Arrests as Heathrow airport closed and hand luggage banned

Heathrow airport is effectively closed, certainly to inbound flights, as at least 21 people are arrested across England as what is being described as an ongoing operation disrupted plans to “smuggle explosives on to aeroplanes in hand luggage and to detonate these in flight.” All local airports seem to be affected and some flights from Irish airports have been cancelled. The move came following an emergency Ministerial meeting last night. More arrests are being predicted while the security alert level in the US has also been raised. There is advice if you have to travel by air here, but expect long delays for some time to come. More Belfast Telegraph has a handy, downloadable, advice sheet[pdf file] Also here Added Washington Post report on US response And City of Derry airport info and elsewhere