Environmentalists Protest Plans For Third Runway
A Monday protest against a new,
third runway at London's Heathrow Airport, staged by Greenpeace,
has resulted in red faces.
According to The Guardian, protestors rode onboard a British
Airways flight from Manchester to Heathrow. After the plane arrived
at its gate, the group apparently slipped through a door between
terminals, out a broken security door onto the tarmac, climbed an
airstair next to an A320... and then on top of the plane
"The door was broken so there was no security," said protestor
Sarah Shoraka. "It was ajar. Once we got to doors and saw that they
were open, we walked through calmly and it felt quite normal."
The group then hoisted a banner which covered the plane's tail
and said, "Climate Emergency - No Third Runway." Greenpeace opposes
efforts to accommodate surging traffic at Heathrow... which is only
expected to increase as Open Skies legislation comes online at the
end of March.
This time around, protestors snuck onto the airside... and as
you might have guessed, lots of chaos ensued. The protestors were
arrested, and presented with a trespass notice which bans them for
life from British Airways flights. They've also been told to stop
contacting the airline and its staff.
To avoid the very real possibility of being shot by airport
security, the protestors say they told Metropolitan police of their
plans ahead of time. "We informed them as soon as we got there so
they knew exactly who we were," said Greenpeace member Anna
Greenpeace isn't the only
environmental group fighting Heathrow's third runway. One group,
"Plane Stupid" calls the fight to block the runway one of the
biggest environmental battles in Europe, "...and it's one we intend
Nevermind that. We'd hate to be the one in charge of security
door maintenance at Heathrow...