Stanley Johnson, father of the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaks at an Extinction Rebellion panel on climate change in Trafalgar Square, on the third day of ongoing demonstrations in London, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.
Extra security and policing have been put in place at the United Kingdom airport after the group threatened it would attempt a major disruption, with its members "lying, sitting or glueing-on in front of the departure and arrivals gates" in a desperate bid to block entry to travelers. The plane was forced to return to the terminal and police boarded to arrest the protester.
Video footage from the Aer Lingus flight shows cabin crew asking the man whether he wished to travel or to get off the plane, to which he replied: "I don't wish to travel with you but I don't wish to get off".
The group plans to "close" London City Airport, in the city's east, inspired by protests at Hong Kong International Airport in August that led to hundreds of flights being cancelled and thousands of travellers interrupted. "On runway and about to take off when smartly dressed man in late middle age stood up with iPhone to deliver lecture on climate change up and down aisle". "No skirmish and protestor left the plane".
Newsnight's Nicholas Watt said his flight was about to take off when a protester refused to resume his seat.
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.
"The safety and security of our guests and crew is our number one priority and as a result, a full security check of the aircraft was completed prior to the flight departing". Some 18,000 passengers are due to fly on 286 scheduled flights on the day of the protest, according to Reuters.
The airline apologised for any inconvenience caused.
Extinction Rebellion said that if protesters do not make it into the airport itself, they will occupy the neighbouring Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station and access road to blockade it from the outside.
CLIMATE action group Extinction Rebellion has been panned online after announcing a plot to "occupy and shut down" a London airport to demand government action on the climate crisis.