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Hoax bomb scare sparks heightened security at Geneva airport

Local News // July 27, 2016
Hoax bomb scare sparks heightened security at Geneva airport

Police have confirmed that the heightened security at Geneva airport this morning was due to a hoax by a woman who wanted to stop her husband travelling.

A criminal case has been opened against the woman who anonymously tipped off the airport on Tuesday night about a person with a bomb heading for the French sector of the airport.

This morning there was increased presence of officers and security forces patrolling the airport with machine guns. Some of the access points were blocked and identity checks were carried out at two of the open entrances.

Vehicles dropping people off at the airport were also being checked by police.

Geneva police confirmed the situation on social media at 9.30 this morning, stating preventative security controls are in progress at Geneva Airport for an indefinite period.

“The investigation will determine the facts, but it's not in our hands...the French investigators will keep us informed,” Geneva police spokesman Guillaume Gentil told Reuters. “The situation at the airport is calm.”

A notice on Geneva airport's website said the additional checks were slowing down the access to the airport, particularly on the roads.  

Passengers were advised to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to their flight departure.

From around 2pm police began to lift the extra security measure but an increased police presence remains due to the international situation.

(AFP Photo/Richard Juilliart)

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