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Stansted passenger held under Terrorism Act

A man has been arrested and held under the Terrorism Act at Stansted Airport

A passenger has been arrested at Stansted Airport on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act.

The 34-year-old man, who is Swedish, was stopped after he arrived on a flight from Stockholm shortly before eight o'clock yesterday morning (Tuesday 19th).

He was then arrested on suspicion of being in possession of material containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

He was taken to a police station in Essex where he is still in custody.


Police patrol Stansted airport on look out for slavery victims

Essex police officers and specials at Stansted Airport Credit: Essex Police.

Police from Essex have been at Stansted Airport looking for victims of modern-day slavery and people trafficking.

Alongside border officials, police and special constables spoke to several hundred passengers and monitored flights throughout Saturday.

They offered advice to travellers on how to spot a potential victim and how to report suspicious behaviour.

Stansted airport plans to serve 17 million more passengers a year

London Stansted Airport Credit: London Stansted Airport

Stansted airport plans serve 17 million more passengers a year, without increasing the number of flights or its noise levels.

The Essex airport wants to increase its passenger cap from 35 million to 43 million to allow them to grow over the next decade. They say the planning cap must be raised so they can best use their existing capacity.

The plans come after discussions with the local community and they say it will allow them to offer more destinations, without increasing the number of flights or their 'noise footprint'. However, they had to revise down their aims for the cap from 44.5 million after concerns were raised by local residents.

Currently around 26 million passengers use the airport every year, up by 10 million from five years ago.

“These plans provide a good balance between ensuring our future growth, support for the region’s economy and addressing concerns around local environmental impacts. With clarity over the airport’s ability to grow, airlines and business partners will have the confidence to continue to invest and grow at Stansted.”

– Ken O’Toole, Chief Executive of London Stansted Airport

Ryanair emails customers affected by cancellations to clarify their rights

Ryanair has been criticised by the CAA Credit: PA

Ryanair which operates from Stansted airport, has responded to threats of legal action from the aviation regulator by emailing customers affected by flight cancellations to clarify their rights.

The airline told passengers they can receive a refund or be transferred on to other flights or travel by trains, buses or car hire.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which on Thursday accused the Dublin-based carrier of "not complying with the law" over its handling of the fiasco, claimed the airline had "capitulated" after enforcement action was launched.

It had accused Ryanair of not telling passengers that under EU261 rules they were entitled to be re-routed by another carrier.

Ryanair's offer to passengers features several conditions, including assessing the cost of flights on other airlines "on a case by case basis" before bookings are made.

An extra 18,000 flights for the winter season were cancelled by Ryanair on Wednesday - a move that will hit 400,000 customers.

Several popular routes used by UK travellers were hit, such as Stansted to Edinburgh and Glasgow, Gatwick to Belfast, Newcastle to Faro, and Glasgow to Las Palmas.

It adds to mounting anger against Ryanair, which was already coming under heavy fire after cancelling up to 50 flights a day earlier this month.

Passengers have expressed their frustration with the airline, with many left out of pocket due to a lack of alternative flights and accommodation bookings they can no longer use.

Ryanair said the cancellations were brought about because of an error with pilot holiday rosters and insisted the latest reduction in its schedule will "eliminate all risk of further flight cancellations".

"Our job is to protect passengers' rights and ensure that all airlines operating in the UK are fully compliant with important consumer laws. Where we find that an airline is systematically flouting these rules, we will not hesitate to take action to minimise the harm and detriment caused to passengers, as we have done with Ryanair in recent days. It appears that Ryanair has now capitulated."

– CAA chief executive Andrew Haines

"We apologise again sincerely for the disruption and inconvenience our rostering failure has caused some of our customers. We have taken on extra customer service staff and are moving now to process and expedite all EU261 claims from affected customers. We are committed to processing all such claims within 21 days of receipt and hope to have all such claims settled before the end of October."

– Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair's chief marketing officer


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