Chaos as thousands of holiday-makers are evacuated from Luton Airport

Thousands of holiday-makers were forced to leave Luton Airport this morning after a passenger ‘accidentally’ sounded a fire alarm. 

Footage showed crowds rushing through the terminal as an announcement told them to leave at the nearest available exit. 

An airport spokesman said that the alarm had been accidentally triggered at 7.15am, causing the airport to be evacuated for 20 minutes.

Thousands of holiday-makers were briefly evacuated from Luton Airport this morning after a passenger accidentally triggered the fire alarm

Thousands of holiday-makers were briefly evacuated from Luton Airport this morning after a passenger accidentally triggered the fire alarm

Thousands of holiday-makers were briefly evacuated from Luton Airport this morning after a passenger accidentally triggered the fire alarm

They were ushered back into the terminal after leaving for 20 minutes at 7.15am this morning

They were ushered back into the terminal after leaving for 20 minutes at 7.15am this morning

They were ushered back into the terminal after leaving for 20 minutes at 7.15am this morning

‘Exits locked and no staff to assist thousands of passengers trying to exit the building,’ complained the filmer. 

‘Further to that, alarms in different parts of building giving out different advice,’ he added.

A spokesman for Britain’s fifth-busiest airport said the evacuation was caused after a passenger ‘accidentally triggered a fire alarm’. 

‘The departure lounge was briefly evacuated at approximately 7.15am.

‘Staff and passengers were able to return to the building some 20 minutes later.

‘We would like to thank them for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience.’

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