Stansted Airport terminal evacuated as bomb squad probe ‘suspicious package’ causing passenger chaos

A STANSTED airport terminal has been evacuated as an army bomb squad probes a "suspicious package" discovered in a security area.

The airport confirmed that a "partial evacuation" is taking place after the package was found at the Essex terminal – sparking passenger chaos as people rushed outside.

One worker branded the evacuation "unprecedented", as terrified travellers took to Twitter to share pictures and video footage of the mad scramble outside.

US Open tennis champ Emma Raducanu was set to fly into Stansted Airport today, it is understood. She is not believed to be caught up in the panic .

Passenger Reka Ago wrote: "Got to Stansted Airport just in time for an evacuation. Should have known there would be a catch with a £10 return flight."

Joe shared a video of passengers heading outside, and added: "Stansted Airport. Something is happening, not good."

Meanwhile, David de Lorenzo showed shops pulling across theirsecurity awnings inside the terminal.

He captioned the video: "People asked to leave the stores leaving the shopping carts behind, and being closed in a hurry. What is going on please?"

Outside the airport, huge crowds gathered as police kept passengers away from the cordon.

One traveller said there was "zero communication with or reassurance of passengers"as they waited outside.

The airport wrote on it's Twitter page: "Following reports of a suspicious package in the security area, a partial evacuation of the terminal is taking place.


"Essex Police are managing the response and will provide an update on the situation soon. Thank you."

An Essex Police spokesperson said: "We are currently on scene at Stansted Airport following concerns about a suspicious package in the security area.

"A cordon has been set up.

"Passengers have been evacuated from that area of the airport and everyone has been brought to a position of safety.

"Military explosive experts have been called to assess the package."

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