Shining a laser pen at a plane may seem like a prank. But the impact could be far more serious.
The passenger was travelling from Southampton to Aberdeen this morning when the pilot discovered a fault with the instrument panel.
Aviation Minister Theresa Villiers opens a new £3.2m development at Newcastle Airport.
While some are driving home for Christmas, other families from the North East are flying away - from winter sun, to skiiing holidays.
People arriving home for Christmas were greeted by excited family members at Newcastle Airport this morning.
The Friday before Christmas is one of the busiest days of the year on our roads, railways and at Newcastle Airport, which will handle 900 flights between now and New Year's Day.
Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, has announced a new Cork route which will operate from Newcastle Airport from the end of March 2014.
The new route will operate four times a week, building on the success of the Newcastle-Dublin route which launched in October.
There were delays and cancellations to some aeroplane flights in and out of Newcastle Airport today. The UK wide issue was caused by a technical fault at an air control centre in Hampshire. While services at Newcastle weren't too badly affected, some passengers faced delays.
Flight disruption at Newcastle Airport due to technical problems at air traffic control in Hampshire. Issues UK wide http://t.co/CrDQrJ3jcy
Several flights have been affected at Newcastle International Airport after air traffic control problems hit UK airports.
Thousands of passengers at airports including Heathrow and Gatwick have been delayed due to "technical problems" at the country's main traffic control centre in Hampshire.
Some flights have been delayed or cancelled at Newcastle Airport:
- 1000 arrival from London Gatwick has been provisionally delayed until 1245
- 1105 arrival from London Heathrow has been cancelled
- 1215 departure to London Heathrow has been cancelled
- 1400 arrival from London Heathrow has been cancelled
- 1445 departure to London Heathrow has been cancelled
Birmingham STA 1010
Stavanger STA 1035
Dusseldorf STA 1250
Amsterdam STA 2210
Birmingham STD 0740
Stavanger STD 11.00
Dusseldorf STD 13.25
Amsterdam STD 1725
The airport remains open and is operating as normal. Passengers are advised to contact their airline directly.
One of the most advanced passenger planes in the world has landed at Newcastle International Airport. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been specially designed to make it quieter and more fuel efficient than any other airliner in its class
The visit was the first time the aircraft has come to the North East. It is expected that the 787 will be used by Thomson's for holiday flights out of Newcastle next year.
Richard Wilson reports.
Andy Lord, Operations Director at British Airways