A climate change protester climbed on top of a British Airways plane at London City Airport on Thursday as part of the latest in a series of demonstrations that have seen major roads and bridges blocked in the British capital for the past four days.
"By non-violently shutting down this airport, in homage to the style of the Hong Kong democracy protesters, we are demonstrating the utter frailty of the transport systems that countries such as ours, unwisely, have come to depend upon", said an Extinction Rebellion spokesman, Rupert Read, according to The Guardian.
Aer Lingus said the passenger was removed "due to disruptive behaviour on board" and a full security check of the aircraft was completed prior to the flight departing.
"Our policing plan is aimed at preventing criminal activity which poses a significant safety and security risk to the airport, and the thousands of passengers using it", Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said in a statement.
United Kingdom media identified that person as 2012 London Paralympic Games cycling bronze medallist James Brown.
London City, favoured by business travellers because of its easy links to the main financial district, said it remains open and operational, with 55 flights having arrived and 58 departed as of 12:15 p.m. People should check the status of their flight before heading to the airport, it said.
"I don't know how the hell I'm gonna get down again", he said before turning off his camera.
The boat bore the logo of the activist group Extinction Rebellion.
Claire said she had not made up her mind about whether she would allow herself to be arrested, but was later led away by police officers.
The group's growing list of prominent supporters include actress Emma Thompson and the Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Police are now being more assertive.
"Any assembly linked to the Extinction Rebellion "Autumn Uprising" and those linked to it who wish to continue their assembly MUST go Trafalgar Square and only assemble in the pedestrian area", it said.
"Targeting an airport and inconveniencing travelers in this way is wholly unacceptable and irresponsible", London's Metropolitan Police warned in a statement.
The group wants governments to adopt policies that cut harmful emissions to a net level of zero by 2025.