Manchester Airport terminal closed after 'suspect package' found

Manchester Airport terminal closed after 'suspect package' found

Manchester Airport's Terminal One was closed and evacuated this morning after a "suspect package" was spotted, airport officials confirmed.

Manchester Evening News reports that police were called at about 8.15am after security staff reported a suspicious piece of hand luggage.

The bag, which had passed through a scanner, turned out to contain a bottle of contact lens solution tightly packed with parts of a mobile phone.

The bomb disposal team gave the all clear at about midday and passengers were allowed back into the terminal.

Alexina Evans, from Walsall, was due to fly to Madeira and told the BBC: "I got to the airport, they started my check-in, my bag was on the belt and suddenly they said 'I'm sorry, you're going to have your bag back as we are being evacuated'.

"We were told to stand outside for a while - we were then advised to go to Terminal 3."

Greater Manchester Police said the explosive ordinance disposal team were called "as a precaution".

An airport spokesman told the BBC that incoming and outgoing traffic was continuing as normal.

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