More than 20 people were removed from a flight at Manchester Airport amid reports of "disruptive" stag parties on board. The Jet2 service had been due to leave for Prague in the Czech Republic at about 15:15 BST on Good Friday. The airline apologised to affected customers and said it would "not let the behaviour of a disruptive few spoil the flight for everyone else". A spokesman for the carrier said the Boeing had to return to the airport's parking stand shortly before its scheduled take-off. Several passengers went on social media to describe the scene.
A British man who allegedly fought against so-called Islamic State in Syria has been accused of terror offences. Josh Walker, from Bristol, is charged under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000. Mr Walker, aged 26, who lives in Aberystwyth, is due before Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday, South Wales Police said. He was arrested at Gatwick Airport by counter terror officers, last December. He had returned to the UK on 29 December and was detained at the airport by the Welsh Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit.
Airport officials in Nice, France, have confirmed that an employee at the Nice Airport has been suspended after punching a passenger who was holding a baby at the time. The altercation took place on Saturday, as passengers waited to board an EasyJet flight to Luton, England. According to witnesses, the passenger's wife had been complaining about the flight's significant delay -- more than 12 hours -- when her husband approached another airport employee and the exchange turned physical. "The man with the baby … went over and talked to the Frenchman and the Frenchman didn't reply, he just smiled and smirked and then whacked this guy on the left side of his face," said Arabella Arkwright, an EasyJet passenger standing behind the family, in an interview with BBC Radio 5. Arkwright also took a photo of the altercation, which appears to capture the exact moment the employee's fist makes contact with the man's face. However, video footage obtained by The Sun suggests that the passenger may have swatted at, or possibly shoved the employee first, after the employee had attempted to knock the man's phone out of his hand.
Ten years ago, a terror attack aiming to kill hundreds of innocent holidaymakers failed because of a concrete door post and the actions of ordinary people who were at Glasgow Airport that day. In recent months the UK has seen a number of attacks in which vehicles have been used in an attempt to kill large numbers of people - but a decade ago the attack was unlike any other. It was also the first time Scotland had been targeted for a terrorist attack. A Jeep Cherokee laden with propane gas cylinders and petrol cans was driven at speed into the doors of the Glasgow Airport departure area on one of the busiest days of the year. At 15:11, 4,000 people were already inside the terminal and the departure halls were packed with passengers waiting to board flights on the first Saturday of the Scottish school summer holidays, when the car came smashing towards them.
With 12 million drivers on the roads, 200 sets of rail engineering works and airports full of people jetting off to spend Christmas abroad, it will be busy however you travel over the festive period. But what kind of transport should you really avoid - and when? The last time Christmas Day fell on a Sunday (in 2011) suggests the busiest days on the roads will be Friday 16 December, Tuesday 20 December and Friday 23 December. According to traffic information company Inrix, some journeys will take four times as long compared with other times of the year. People using the M25 in either direction can expect to crawl at 11 miles per hour on Friday afternoon, with the worst time from 16:00 to 17:30 GMT.