At Eindhoven Airport, passengers of various aircraft were stuck in their planes for hours on Monday night after a false bomb threat.
A plane to Edinburgh, Scotland, was not allowed to take off because there was supposedly a bomb on board. Passengers had to disembark and the device was examined. The military police searched the aeroplane with detection dogs, but nothing was found.
A note with a threatening message was found. It is not yet clear where the note was found – in the craft or elsewhere. The aircraft was ready for takeoff when the threat was received. Ryanair flight FR 1108 would have left at 20:10. Passengers were told that there was a bomb threat on their flight. They then had to leave the plane immediately.
For hours, other aircraft that had landed at Eindhoven Airport were not allowed to continue to the gate. Passengers complained on Twitter that they were given too little information while they were waiting. The air conditioning in the aircraft no longer worked, whereby the temperature quickly rose. Passengers also complained that they were given no information by the crew.
John Writers from Venlo was on a flight from London Stansted. He told Studio040 on Monday evening, “Everyone is reasonably calm. Food may now be sold again. Until a short time ago, this was not possible. The only information we are getting is that there is an incident and that they do not know anything either”.
Family members reported that was only after 23.00 that they could embrace their loved ones. Peter Snijders, for instance, was waiting for his son for hours. He was happy that he could bring his son home with him. “The parking ticket cost EUR48, but that is fine”, he told Studio040.
Lucas van Putten from Rotterdam told the Telegraaf, a daily Dutch morning newspaper, “We landed more than an hour ago, and we are still in the plane. All we were told is that the gates will not be opened. Also, the engines had to be turned off. So it may take some time”.
According to the newspaper, Eindhovense Dagblad, flights arriving from Bologna, Barcelona, Ibiza, and Faro had to be diverted and landed at other airports.
Normal flights have since been resumed.
Translated by: Bob