100 suitcases covered in sewage after pipe burst at Heathrow

Planes queuing to take off on the Southern runway at Heathrow Airport.
Planes queuing to take off on the Southern runway at Heathrow Airport. Credit: PA

Many passengers have been left without their baggage following a pipe burst in Heathrow Terminal 5, which meant their bags were covered in raw sewage.

About 100 suitcases were soaked in the sewage when a pipe in the sewage system burst in the terminal's baggage hold area on Monday.

The process of reuniting passengers with their luggage is ongoing after Heathrow had the luggage cleaned.

A spokesperson for the airport operator, BAA Heathrow, said:

“There was a leak from the sewage system in the baggage area of Terminal 5 on Monday which affected around a hundred bags.

"We appreciate this will be upsetting for passengers. The bags have now been cleaned and are being reunited with their owners."

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