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London's Heathrow airport briefly suspends some flights due to "security issue"
May 5, 2017 / 9:41 AM / 3 months ago

London's Heathrow airport briefly suspends some flights due to "security issue"

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An aircraft takes off from Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, February 23, 2017.Andrew Boyers/Files

LONDON (Reuters) - London's Heathrow airport briefly suspended departures from one of its terminals on Friday due to what police said was a report of a luggage X-ray having found a suspicious item.

An airport spokeswoman said the suspension at terminal 3 had been caused by "a security issue" but did not elaborate.

"We are working with Heathrow terminal 3 after a report of a suspicious item detected by an X-ray of luggage," London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Heathrow, which has five main terminals, is one of the world's busiest airports and terminal 3 mainly services long-haul flights, although it also offers some European destinations.

"Departures were suspended for a short time from terminal 3 due to a security issue. We are very sorry to any passengers whose journeys are affected," the airport spokeswoman said.

Reporting by David Milliken and Kate Holton; editing by Stephen Addison

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