Published On: Thu, Oct 10th, 2019

‘Get off the plane!’ Travellers furious as Extinction Rebellion grounds flight | UK | News

A passenger on board the aircraft shared a video of the activist blocking the aisle of the plane – as furious passengers urged crew to remove the protestor.

A passenger wrote on Twitter: “Just about to take from London city airport.

“Our flight was infiltrated by a climate change protestor. #londoncityairport #ClimateChange”

The incident comes as police clash with protestors at the London Airport on day four of environmental protests in the capital.

Hundreds of demonstrators have descended on the London terminal causing travel misery for thousands of passengers, as protestors begin a three-day ‘shutdown’ of the airport.

Images show activists laying in front of entrances to the terminal with another on the roof of the airport.

Video footage has also emerged of two female demonstrators being dragged by away officers.

Extinction Rebellion spokesman Rupert Read said the group will conduct a non violent protest in “homage to the style of the Hong Kong democracy protesters”.

Protestors have also blocked access to the airport by occupying London City Airport DLR station.

Swarms of demonstrators can be seen lying on the floor of the station waving flags and holding banners.

The Met Police has confirmed 800 people had been arrested since Monday.

Met Police deputy assistant commissioner Laurence Taylor said there are plans in place to intervene and “deal proactively” with anyone who has the intention of shutting down the airport.

A London City Airport spokesman said they were working with the Met Police to prepare for the protests and all passengers would be required to show their boarding pass to access the terminal.

As part of the major crackdown the force has confirmed an additional 500 officers have been brought in from forces across England and Wales.

Met Police deputy assistant commissioner said: “We’ve got a very robust policing response to the Extinction Rebellion protests.

“The Met is a very large organisation. We will cope. But there is no doubt it is having an impact on our policing operation more widely.

“We’ve brought in a significant number of officers from communities across London to police central London, and they’re officers who should be working in their local neighbourhoods.”

London City Airport has been targeted over its expansion plans and noise pollution to local residents.

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He added: “If we the people are to have any chance at all of saving our civilisation from climate and ecological collapse, we must first stop making things worse.

“Air travel is an icon of our fragile ‘just-in-time’ economic system. That system will break, as Climate Chaos hits.

“By non-violently shutting down this airport, in homage to the style of the Hong Kong democracy protesters, we are demonstrating the utter frailty of the transport systems that countries such as ours, unwisely, have come to depend upon.”

This morning London City Airport has confirmed more than 60 flights have arrived and departed from the terminal and is continuing to liaise with the police.

A spokesman for the airport said: “We can confirm that a number of protesters have arrived at London City Airport.

“We continue to work closely with the Metropolitan Police to ensure the safe operation of the airport, which remains fully open and operational.

“As of 9.15am, there have been over 60 flights which have either arrived or departed.”

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