Twice in twenty-fours, firemen at London's Heathrow Airport today (Monday) closed one of the world's busiest airports - no fire service, no flights.
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Background: Twice in twenty-fours, firemen at London's Heathrow Airport today (Monday) closed one of the world's busiest airports - no fire service, no flights.
The dispute that has brought the closure is over increased shift pay for the airport's 85 firemen. They originally threatened to strike last Friday (February 27) - but minutes before they were to come out, a bomb scare aboard an Aer Lingus Boeing 737 sent them hurrying back to their posts and the strike decision was postponed until today.
This afternoon they were out for one hour and several flights were delayed. Tonight, supervisors kept the fire services running until midnight - then all stopped until 8 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday).
It is the first time in Heathrow's 24-year history that it has had to close down.