Heathrow Airport climate change protest delays flights

Posted: July 13, 2015 by oldbrew in alarmism, propaganda, Travel

Heathrow pantomime [image credit: BBC]

Heathrow pantomime [image credit: BBC]

What effect will this have on public perceptions? Might help to consign climate change to the fringes of acceptability as an issue with any luck. The BBC reports:

Protesters disrupted flights at Heathrow Airport by cutting through a fence and chaining themselves together on a runway.

Direct action group Plane Stupid said 13 demonstrators opposed to the airport’s expansion plans got on to the northern runway at 03:30 BST.

The runway was closed for nearly three hours and 13 flights were cancelled.

The ability of protesters to get through a fence and on to the runway has raised security concerns.
The airport apologised for the disruption caused and advised passengers to check with their airlines before they travel.

Nine protesters were arrested on suspicion of Aviation Act offences, police said.
All the protesters were removed from the runway by 10:00 BST.

Emergency service workers were seen talking to an activist dressed as a polar bear.
The airport’s southern runway remained open throughout the protest.

“This morning a group of people staged a protest on the northern runway. These individuals have since been removed by police.

“Both runways were operational throughout, although there have been some delays and a few cancellations – we are sorry to those passengers who experienced disruption this morning,” said the airport in a statement.
A video posted online appeared to show several activists chained together and being spoken to by police officers.
In the footage, an officer told them: “As a consequence of you being here, you are causing severe disruption and it will be in the millions of pounds because it will take us a while to remove you.
“The cost will be in the couple of millions. The airport will attempt to make a civil recovery.”

Full report: Heathrow Airport climate change protest delays flights – BBC News.

Civil recovery proceedings could be interesting.

  1. Perhaps the alarmists
    Should adopt a new name
    ‘Plain Stupid’ would be good
    Says we’d be getting more of the same!

  2. oldbrew says:

    They’re already called ‘Direct action group Plane Stupid’.

  3. J Martin says:

    If the airport succeeds in getting damages levied against the deluded protesters then their self delusion about dangerous climate change will prove very expensive indeed. If significant cooling kicks in over the coming years as seems likely then they will be spending the rest of their lives paying off a £200,000 debt thus ruining their future, all for nothing. Do they even know the world hasn’t warmed for over 18 years ?
    What idiots.

  4. oldbrew says:

    JM: TBH I’d guess Heathrow would settle out of court for a ‘slap on the wrist’ payment as these jokers won’t have that sort of money unless they’re sponsored by – let’s say – ‘a big organisation’.

    I point the finger at the likes of the Guardian, the BBC and the Met Office for deliberately stirring up unjustified fears. Are they feeling pleased with themselves today?

  5. Stephen Richards says:

    I hope the punishment is suitably penury

  6. oldbrew says:

    In these days of security fears a deterrent punishment must be a possibility. Somebody at Heathrow is probably going to be in hot water over this breach of the fencing.

  7. BLACK PEARL says:

    1.Why aren’t they given an Invoice to cover the costs of their disruption and damage.
    2.If they want to protest they should have deep enough pockets to pay.
    (On an after thought they probably got a Climate Change grant from the EU)
    3.Breaking into a secure area such as this in some countries would have resulted in being shot.
    4.Send them to Australia. Abbott knows how to deal with these people

  8. Truthseeker says:

    Notice that they didn’t protest the hundreds of private jets that will be used for the Paris summit later in the year …

  9. ivan says:

    I am surprised they didn’t just use one of the fire trucks to hose them off the runway. They used direct action there should have been direction used on them as a result.

  10. tgmccoy says:

    Idiots. They are lucky they didn’t get worse.. I’m surprised they didn’t have terror charges.
    Being a professional pilot, I truly resent anyone interfering with what is a complex,difficult operation
    with the juvenile intention of disrupting flight operations.,
    Throw the book at ’em…
    Years ago had some greenies try to stop an airtanker operation on a going fire in California.
    didn’t go well. several inches of nice gummy Phos-check in the VW Van…. Calfire (then CDF)
    was not amused…

  11. tom0mason says:

    Obviously these ‘climate change’/anti-aviation ne’er-do-wells were probably searching for the famed ‘lost heat’ following the media overexposure of the momentarily elevated temperature of Heathrow Airport. A media storm-in-a-plastic-cup that emanated from enthusiastic stirring meted out by usual unhelpful triad of the Met Office, BBC, The Guardian (MOBG).
    However no ‘lost heat’ was located on this chilly day.

    This bunch of deranged activists did however highlight how poor is the security at Heathrow Airport, so to make-up for this laxity, I do hope that when they were captured, each was subjected to full and thorough body searches.

  12. Richard111 says:

    tom0mason, exactly, security. I despair for this country when I see pictures of flags of banned organisations being paraded outside the houses of parliament. The carrying of children on shoulders is a distraction. People go awww and fail to see the flag or what’s under it.

  13. Bloke down the pub says:

    If sued by the airport authorities, this group will no doubt, seek backing in court from climate change experts. James Hansen was flown over to support campaigners who’d disrupted the building of a new coal fired power station and partly as a result, they were let off with a slapped wrist. Until the courts get their priorities right, protesters like these idiots will continue to cause disruption with impunity.

  14. oldbrew says:

    They’ll have to hope the local magistrate lives under the flightpath of the proposed new runway 😉

  15. michael hart says:

    “I point the finger at the likes of the Guardian, the BBC and the Met Office for deliberately stirring up unjustified fears. Are they feeling pleased with themselves today?”

    You can bet they are pleased with themselves. Today and every day.

    Problem is, many such protests get a fairly light treatment all round. That’s how animal-rights protesters went as far as violating recent human graves after intimidation and criminal damage only earned slaps on wrists.

  16. Don Keiller says:

    Charge each and every one of these fanatics under the Terrorism Act.

  17. oldbrew says:

    This is the kind of treatment these jokers understand. They don’t rush back for more…

    Two months in the ‘can’ and nine months to get their ship back.

    Wikipedia: According to Phil Radford, Executive Director of Greenpeace in the U.S. at the time, the reaction of the Russian coast guard and courts were the “stiffest response that Greenpeace has encountered from a government since the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior in 1985.”