Manchester Airport has reportedly been evacuated following the discovery a potential explosive device.
As reported by the Daily Mirror the suspect package was apparently discovered in the departures area of terminal two.
The news was quickly posted to social media by passengers who claim they have been told to evacuate the building.
@manairport Just been told by a member of staff that a package has tested positive for a device twice at #T2 - departures evacuated— Khawer Ishtiaq (@kishtiaq) August 18, 2016
The evacuation has been confirmed by the airport, and online posts suggest staff in the building have told passengers the ‘suspect package’ tested positive twice for a potentially threatening device.This is the current scene on the T2 roundabout #ManchesterAirport #Evacuation pic.twitter.com/tucZWLZUXP— Chris Slater (@chrisslaterMEN) August 18, 2016
Due to an unattended bag being found outside terminal 2, the area has been cordoned off as a precaution, while an investigation takes place— Manchester Airport (@manairport) August 18, 2016
Update:This has resulted in some passengers being evacuated from part of the terminal. Any passengers checking into t2 should do so at the station— Manchester Airport (@manairport) August 18, 2016
The bag has been cleared and the terminal is being reopened.
NEW STATEMENT: Upon finding an unattended bag, an area outside terminal two was cordoned off as a precautionary measure. 1/3— Manchester Airport (@manairport) August 18, 2016
Following a thorough investigation, the bag has been cleared as a posing no threat & the process of reopening the terminal is underway. 2/3— Manchester Airport (@manairport) August 18, 2016
As always, the safety & security of our passengers and staff is paramount, and we appreciate the patience of those affected tonight 3/3— Manchester Airport (@manairport) August 18, 2016