Thousands disrupted after controlled explosion at Luton Airport

Luton Airport was evacuated earlier today disrupting air travel for thousands of passengers.

Pictures posted on Twitter showed travellers massed outside the terminal at Luton airport in Bedfordshire.

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All flights to and from Luton cancelled

All flights in and out of Luton Airport have been cancelled this evening after a security alert. A spokesman for easyjet said:

As a result of the earlier evacuation, easyJet has taken the decision to cancel the remainder of today's flights to and from Luton Airport.

In total easyJet has now cancelled 41 flights - 18 from earlier today and the remainder from this evening's programme.

Six easyJet flights scheduled to land at London Luton Airport were diverted - four to Stansted Airport, one to Birmingham Airport and one to London Southend Airport and all passengers were coached to Luton."Passengers who are affected by the cancellations can change their flight or obtain a refund at

We have also set up a customer service desk at our office where we will help passengers make any arrangements. We will do all possible to support them including providing hotel accommodation where it is available.

Whilst this is out of our control we apologise for the inconvenience caused and would like to thank passengers for their patience and co-operation. The safety and security of its passengers and crew is the airline's highest priority. We expect operations to return to normal tomorrow morning.

– easyjet spokesman

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