BEDFORDSHIRE – Taylor Swift flew out of Luton airport as thousands of passengers were evacuated after a bomb scare.
The 24-year-old singer was driven on to the runway and allowed to leave in her private jet at 4.11pm on Monday while everybody else was forced to leave the premises after a passenger reported seeing a “vapour” coming from a piece of luggage.
A source told The Sun newspaper: “Swift’s convoy consisted of a white Porsche, a silver Mercedes van and a black Range Rover.
“It had somehow managed to navigate its way to a closed airport and Swift was able to board her flight.”
Luton airport was closed for four hours from 1:15pm while armed police, the Army and emergency services rushed to the scene in Bedfordshire.
The bomb disposal team arrived at 4:30pm and used a robot to blow up the suitcase containing the worrying explosive, which turned out to be hair straighteners.
Passengers were allowed to re-enter the airport at 5:30pm, but many flights had already been cancelled and 10 planes had been diverted to London Stansted, Birmingham and London Gatwick.
A spokesperson for the airport said: “All of the arriving flights were suspended.
“However, there were three flights on the ground that were permitted to fly. Two of them were commercial.”
A representative for Taylor said: “She wasn’t making her way to a commercial flight.” – Bernama/NewsWires