London Heathrow Reopens After Passenger Questioned Over Luggage

March 10 (Bloomberg) -- London Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, was partially evacuated while a man’s luggage was inspected following a phone call pointing to his presence there.

The departures area of Heathrow’s Terminal 5, which is used by British Airways, was closed while police examined a “suspect package,” BAA Ltd., the airport’s owner, said in a statement.

The luggage’s owner was questioned and released, according to a Metropolitan Police spokesman who declined to be named, citing force policy. No one was charged over the incident, which BAA said has been “stood down.”

“The Terminal 5 departures concourse has now been reopened following an earlier police incident,” BAA spokesman Stuart Butchers said in an e-mail. “We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to passengers while police attended.”

The man has gone “on his way,” the police said.

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