Heathrow asks court to block protesters
plot to down a transatlantic airline. Two years ago British Airways operation
came close to meltdown because of an industrial dispute involving its caterers,
Gate Gourmet and in 2004 holidaymakers faced lengthy delays because of a shortage
of BA check-in staff.
of Heathrow, at a time when the airport is on a heightened state of terrorist
alert. It is feared that any disruption could add to the delays at the airport.
Supporters of the protest include the campaign group "Plane Stupid", which last
year staged a demonstration on the runway at Nottingham East Midlands Airport.
The organizers of the Heathrow protest have pledged not to invade the runway on
safety grounds, but refused to give any other information about the tactics they
will adopt. A spokesman for Plane Stupid said: "We can’t rule out disrupting
the plans of holidaymakers." The protest is taking place during the height of
the holiday season when around 200,000 people a day use Heathrow. (26.7.2007