A flight escorted by two fighter planes, two men arrested for terrorism and then released

A Ryanair plane, an image that could become rare in the coming months – JP PARIENTE / SIPA

British police said on Monday they released two men, previously arrested for terrorism. They had been arrested on their arrival in
London on board a plane
Ryanair, escorted by fighter planes.

After an alert signaling the presence of a “suspicious object in the toilet” of the aircraft, the aircraft was escorted to landing. It was there that the two men were arrested by anti-terrorism police on Sunday evening.

The object not judged as disturbing

“After being examined by specialized investigators, the object was not considered worrying,” police said in a statement. “The police spoke to the two men and neither is considered to have committed an offense. “

According to a spokesperson for the low-cost airline Ryanair, the crew had been warned of “a potential threat to safety on board”. The Royal Air Force (RAF), the British Air Force, has indicated that two planes Typhoon fighter jets had been mobilized “to intercept a civilian aircraft”, which was “escorted safely to Stansted”.

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