This week: Houston’s shooting, Gatwick’s explosion and Turkey’s Justin Bieber

Righty, let’s see what this week brought in regards to airport related news stories. Understandingly there still seems to be quite some nervousness at airports around the globe relating back to the Boston bombing. We saw two news stories that showed that this week, one from the United States and one from England.

Let’s start with the one from the States where the CNN reported that a man was shot and killed on Thursday in a pre-screening area at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston (IAH).  Houston Police Department spokesman Kese Smith told reporters that the man had just come through the doors in Terminal B when he fired at least one shot into the ceiling. According to the article a Homeland Security Investigations agent was working in an office near the scene, came out and told the man to drop his weapon. The agent fired once at the suspect, who appeared to try to shoot himself at the same time.

In England the BBC reported that controlled explosions have been carried out on a van in Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal (LGW) car park. Sussex Police said in the article that a bomb disposal unit was called after suspicions were raised about a blue Renault van as it entered the car park in the afternoon. After the controlled explosions police said they found “nothing of concern” in the vehicle and restrictions began to be lifted later that night.

Remember that United Airlines jet damaging its wing at Melbourne Airport a week ago? Well, this week another United Airlines jet was involved in a “clipping” accident. This time it doesn’t seem to have been their fault though. ABC News reported that the Scandinavian Airlines plane’s left wing clipped the tail of a United Airlines plane on Wednesday night as they were preparing for takeoff at Newark’s Liberty International Airport. No one was injured, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

And to finish the week off, we found a bit of star gossip for you again. This time the action came from Europe – Turkey to be precise. There – according to ABC News – teen pop sensation Justin Bieber reportedly caused a ruckus at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) when he and his entourage blew through passport control without presenting their travel documents. The article further read that Team Bieber – around a dozen strong – went straight for the cars idling outside Wednesday night, with airport officials in hot pursuit, according to the Dogan News Agency. Eventually, airport security reportedly agreed to do the security check curbside and allowed the pop star to go on his way.

There you go – that’s all for this week, safe travels!

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