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Passengers kept on plane at Belfast International for two hours amid 'security checks'

The Easyjet EZY839 flight from London Gatwick touched down at 9.30pm on Sunday. Picture by Pacemaker Press

PASSENGERS arriving on a flight into Belfast International Airport were kept on board for two hours for "security checks".

The Easyjet EZY839 flight from London Gatwick touched down at 9.30pm yesterday when police officers boarded the plane.

Passengers told of how an armed response crew and firefighters also came on board, while other police officers remained outside the plane.

They said they were not told why they were not allowed to disembark.

Passenger Stephen Houston told the BBC that police had boarded the plane after it landed and they had been "back and forth".

He said there was "no information on what's happening from the crew. They seem to be in the dark as well".

Another passenger also described how she got up to get her bags, but the "doors opened and police came on".

"We have been told nothing," she said.

"The air hostesses know nothing. The captain's door has been locked since we landed."

Both Belfast International and Easyjet later said the flight was "subject to additional security checks on arrival".

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