A security incident involving an easyJet flight from Gatwick lead to the Glasgow International Airport being closed for 40 minutes.
EasyJet flight EZY883 from Gatwick touched down at 10:12. This was followed by the closure of the Glasgow runway. Other inbound flights were told to go into a holding pattern. The plane in question war reportedly redirected to an empty terminal where the police conducted a security check. It is unknown what issue was about. The airport opened after 40 minutes of inactivity, leading to flight delays of 45 about minutes.
As always, air passengers affected by this delay have all the usual rights granted to them under Regulation (EC) 261/2004. For delays lasting more than two hours, the airline has to provide you with free meals and drinks. You should also be allowed to make two free calls, use email or send a free fax. If you have to wait for the flight for one or more nights, the carrier has to provide you with free accommodation at a hotel, including transport to/from the airport. In case they’re unable/unwilling to do this, save the receipts: all “rational” expenses (no VIP penthouses, caviar or limos) should be refunded afterwards.
Unfortunately, this kind of security issue resulting in a disruption of airport operations is one of the exceptional circumstances as defined by (EC) 261/2004 – which means you can’t claim disrupted flight compensation! Other rules still apply, so they airlines should still take care of you.