British army troops returned to London's main airport at Heathrow again on Monday (15 July) without warning to check traffic to and from the airport.
British army troops returned to London's main airport at Heathrow again on Monday (15 July) without warning to check traffic to and from the airport. Armoured cars appeared around the perimeter and police cordons were strengthened.
Cars were stopped and checked at the north entrance and airport workers were used to show their passes. A spokesman for the Airport Authority said the extra security was part of a system of spot checks.
Startled women passengers had their hair-lacquer aerosols confiscated by security men who explained the cans could be sued as flame-throwers to hijack a "plane. Airport police collected a haul of nearly 300 spray cans in the day's operation.
Ten days ago the army surprised the British public by mounting a heavy guard at the airport, apparently to protect the International Socialist leaders who flew to London for a conference from any possibility of terrorist attacks.
SYNOPSIS: At London's Heathrow airport on Monday security was re-inforced by British army troops who appeared without warning. The operation by the army and police is the second to be mounted at the airport within a fortnight. Ten days ago the army took part in a similarly operation, apparently to prevent a terrorist attack on any of the Socialist leaders who flew to London for an International conference.
The troops did not enter the terminal buildings on Monday, but concentrated on checking traffic and the passes of airport workers.
Meanwhile -- inside -- startled women passengers had their hair lacquer aerosols confiscated by security men. They explained that the cans could be used as flame-throwers in a hijack attempt on an aircraft. And by the end of the day they had collected three hundred cans.
A spokesman for the Airport Authority described the day's exercise as part of a system of spot checks which will be put into operation from time to time.