Stansted Airport's runway closed after protesters surround 'deportation plane'
Stansted Airport was forced to briefly close its runway on Tuesday evening as police dealt with an incident involving protesters who had surrounded a parked plane. Activists said they were attempting to keep a "deportation flight" used to remove failed asylum seekers grounded at the Essex airport. A spokesman for the airport told The Independent takeoffs and landings were temporarily stopped "as a precaution" to allow police to check no protesters had made it onto the runway.