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Eco-protesters climb on plane at Heathrow Airport

Eco-protesters climb on plane at Heathrow Airport

Five environmental activists were arrested after they climbed onto a plane at London's Heathrow Airport on Monday to protest plans to build a third runway there.
The airport said it was investigating the security breach.
Greenpeace said its members walked across the airport tarmac and climbed onto the British Airways Airbus A320 after it landed on a domestic flight from Manchester.
The three men and two women wrapped a banner around the tail fin reading: "Climate Emergency _ No Third Runway."
Greenpeace opposes plans for a third runway at Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, saying it would make global warming worse by increasing carbon dioxide emissions.
Heathrow operator BAA PLC said the protesters were arrested after about 90 minutes and taken to the airport's police station.
It said the airport was operating normally and that a full investigation would be launched.
"There is an important debate to be had regarding airport expansion and BAA respects people's democratic right to protest lawfully. However, direct action on the airfield is unlawful and irresponsible," BAA said.
Police said the activists were later released on bail.


Updated : 2020-12-05 08:33 GMT+08:00