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Gatwick Airport North Terminal Forced to Close Down After a French National with Firearm Cause Chaos

Nov 16, 2015 09:22 AM EST

A French-national was arrested at Gatwick Airport North Terminal on Saturday, morning after he was seen dropping a firearm on a trash bin. The incident cause chaos as hundreds of people at the airport ordered to evacuate the location and close down the airport.

The Daily Mail reported, French national allegedly walk towards the easyJet check in desk. He fled his way out, dumping a firearm on a trash bin after a dispute with the airline desk staff at the Gatwick Airport North Terminal.  The man was detained by the police as he caused a big turbulence, shouting "get down, get down" on the people at the said terminal. Workers at the Gatwick Airport North Terminal decided to close the area for six hours working on security as bomb disposal specialist carried out a small controlled explosion.

The Sussex police said that the French national is named Jerome Chauris, 41 years old, unemployed and of no fixed address and is from Vendome, France. He has been charged with possessing a dangerous article, an air rifle weapon in any part of an aerodrome according to the Aviation Security Act 1982 and possessing a knife blade/sharp pointed item which is a lock knife in a public place.

The firearm was also found and have been removed for forensic examination. Police said the weapon has yet to be established. According to the Standard UK, the French man didn't undergo security checks at the time of the arrest. "The man is being interviewed as we try to determine the circumstances of the incident, but at this time it is too early to say what his intentions, if any, were," Nick May, the Detective Superintendent. The terminal was reopened after the incident and security measures.

Travelers and staff at the airport were brought to the hotels following the evacuation from the airport. However, the terminal was reopened after the incident and security measures, as well as the roads that were close down during the incident, the BBC wrote. 

A representative of the Airlines also said, "Our airlines are now looking at what capacity they have to accommodate people who missed flights earlier in the day. Passenger welfare is out absolute priority," he added.

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