Climate change activist climbs on plane, others stop traffic

Climate change activist climbs on plane, others stop traffic

He said the plane then taxied back to the gate, where police escorted the protester off the plane.

LBC reporter Rachael Venables was at London City Airport as police put up security outside the airport, meaning no one could get into the airport without a boarding pass.

More protesters were camped with dozens of tents in nearby St James's Park.

"I hope you'll understand that I'm not able to make any comment on this until the police have decided what further action, if any, they intend to take".

One protester made it on board a British Airways flight and forced it to return to the terminal Thursday, while dozens more blocked an entrance to the airport. As part of their disruptive actions, a man on board an Aer Lingus plane bound for Dublin refused to sit as the flight prepared to take off, resulting in the plane being grounded while the crew waited for police to remove him.

London City, favoured by business travellers because of its easy links to the main financial district, said it remains open and operational, with 55 flights having arrived and 58 departed as of 12:15 p.m. People should check the status of their flight before heading to the airport, it said.

A British Airways statement said people from that flight have been booked on alternative flights to Amsterdam, and the airport confirmed in an update at 2pm local time that a booked passenger had climbed on top of a plane and said other operations were unaffected.

"I don't know how the hell I'm gonna get down again", he said before turning off his camera.

In an interview with the BBC's Andrew Neil, Extinction Rebellion spokesperson Zion Lights defended the organisation's warning that billions of people would die in a relatively short time period due to global climate change or its founder's suggestion that children would die in the next 10-20 years. Extinction Rebellion identified the activist as a former Paralympic cyclist.

London's Metropolitan Police on Thursday enacted a rarely-used measure in the 1986 Public Order Act aimed at preventing "serious disruption to the life of the community".

On Wednesday night, rebels continued their protests in Trafalgar Square.

"Targeting an airport and inconveniencing travelers in this way is wholly unacceptable and irresponsible", London's Metropolitan Police warned in a statement.

Britain has set itself the target of 2050.

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