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Librarian Makes Fake Bomb Threat In Order to Make Flight

The Frenchman by way of London was en route to Los Angeles

(Newser) - A librarian has been jailed after calling in a fake bomb threat so he wouldn't miss a flight. Per Reuters , Jacob Meir Abdellak, a Frenchman living in London, called in the hoax eight minutes before his Norwegian Airlines flight was slated to leave Gatwick Airport after staff wouldn't... More »

Tens of Thousands Affected by British Airways IT Failure

All airline's flights canceled out of London's largest airports

(Newser) - British Airways canceled all flights out of London's two largest airports Saturday—the first day of a spring bank holiday weekend in Britain—affecting tens of thousands of travelers. The problem stems from British Airway's IT system, the entirety of which apparently crashed worldwide, the AP reports. According... More »

London Airport Closed After Smoke Fills Plane's Cockpit

Virgin Atlantic plane was Orlando-bound

(Newser) - All flights have been suspended at London's Gatwick Airport today, after a Virgin Atlantic flight was forced to return to the airport and make an emergency landing. Smoke had been detected in the cockpit of the Virgin A330, which was headed for Orlando, the Herald Sun reports. Passengers, some... More »

Air India Fliers Stuck on Plane for 8 Hours

Waiting to be cleared to fly from London to ... London

(Newser) - Stunned Air India passengers found themselves trapped for eight hours on a fogbound plane sitting on the tarmac in London's Gatwick Airport. The real kicker? The flight's final destination was London's Heathrow Airport, just minutes away. As fury mounted, police were called to keep the peace, reports... More »

UK Breaks Up London Airport Monopoly

Gov't watchdog forces Heathrow owner to sell 2 other facilities

(Newser) - Britain's competition authority has ordered the country's largest airport operator to sell two London airports, reports the Guardian, in the biggest shakeup of air travel in decades. BAA will retain Heathrow but must sell Gatwick and Stansted airports, along with a Scottish facility. The watchdog said that only a radical... More »

Record Blizzard Cripples Britain

Chaos on highways, at airports amid White Nightmare

(Newser) - One of the heaviest snowstorms in 20 years has covered much of England with a thick blanket of white, wreaking havoc with transportation. London is at a virtual standstill with all city buses withdrawn from service because of driving conditions, schools shut down and several flights canceled at  Heathrow and... More »

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