A climate change protester has climbed on top of a British Airways plane preparing for take-off, seeking to “shut down” London City airport.
Extinction Rebellion activists group have identified the activist as James Brown, an Irish paralympian in his early fifties who is registered as visually impaired and won bronze in the London 2012 olympics for cycling.
Another man refused to sit in his seat, delaying a flight by nearly two hours.
Both men had bought flight tickets and passed through airport security.
They were streaming live messages online saying it was “scary” because he hated heights, felt cold and hoped they would get him down soon.
“Oh man I’m shaking,” he went on. “This is all about the climate and ecological crisis. We’re protesting at government inaction on climate and ecological breakdown. They declare climate emergency and do nothing about it.”
The British Airways flight #BA8453, due to fly to Amsterdam, was taken out of service for checks amid concerns the man may have tried to glue himself to the fuselage.
Airport operations were unaffected, with police holding back at least 100 protesters and allowing nobody into the terminal without a boarding pass.