Flights from Yemen to UK halted amid security alert

The British Home Office has stopped direct flights from Yemen to the UK in light of the security alert caused by a suspicious package found at a British airport.

The British Home Office has stopped direct flights from Yemen to the UK in light of the security alert caused by a suspicious package found at a British airport.

A toner cartridge with wires attached to it was discovered during a check at East Midlands Airport.

The package was bound for Chicago from Yemen, via Philadelphia, and sparked a security alert across the Atlantic.

British Home Secretary Theresa May said tonight: “Safety and security of the UK remains my number one priority. We are working closely with our international colleagues and will continue to do so.”

Ms May said the package, discovered during a search of a cargo flight, was still being examined.

She said: “At this stage there is nothing to suggest that any location in the UK was being targeted.

“We are urgently considering what steps need to be put in place regarding security of freight originating from Yemen.

“For security reasons there are currently no direct flights from Yemen to the UK.”

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