Normal service has resumed at Manchester Airport following a security alert on Wednesday. Airport bosses confirmed delays have now cleared following widespread disruption which saw holidaymakers face hours of disruption and cancellations after a suspicious item was found in hold luggage. Terminal 3 was closed for a number of hours as the bomb squad carried out a series of controlled explosion on the bag.
Terminal 3 on Thursday morning
It was later confirmed that the bag posed no threat and police said no arrests have been made. M.E.N sources revealed on Wednesday that items in the luggage, which in a scan initially appeared to resemble a potential device, were behind the major police operation. It s understood the bag contained a jar of curry sauce wrapped in cables, rather than any dangerous substances, and that a camera was found.
Passengers outside the terminal building on Wednesday (Photo: James Ruddock)
Thousands of holidaymakers were affected when their flights were either delayed or cancelled following the evacuation. They were allowed back into the building after around five hours. A spokesman for the airport confirmed at around 7am on Thursday morning that everything is back to normal following Wednesday s chaos.
Festival goers could experience a stronger police presence at music festivals following an increased number of drug offenses at Canada s Ever After Music Festival last month.
According to CBC News1, of the approximately 23,000 festival patrons there were 129 drug-related incidents that occurred at the three day event where artists like Bassnectar, Zeds Dead, Destructo and Snails performed . This prompted local authorities to react by stating that security guards may need assistance if an influx of such offenses continues. Staff Sgt . Pat Smola of Waterloo Regional Police s major events unit hinted that the increased police presence is imminent: “We are definitely going to look at an increase . The big area that we’re going to need to add additional resources is the front main gate screening area.”
The report regarding Ever After Music Festival states that any person found to be in possession of an illegal substance upon entering was immediately turned over to the police, who would then determine the charges. To add perspective, reports2 regarding Electric Daisy Carnival in 2017 state that there were 95 felony charges, most of which drug related, with an average daily attendance of 135,000.
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