Pair held under Terrorism Act after Typhoon jets intercept passenger plane

Two men have been arrested under the Terrorism Act at Stansted Airport after Typhoon jets were scrambled to intercept a passenger plane.

The pair – a 34-year-old man from Kuwait and a 48-year-old man from Italy – were detained shortly after 7pm on Sunday after arriving from Vienna, police said.

Essex Police said in a statement: “Counter Terrorism Policing officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit have this evening (Sunday) detained two men under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act (2000).

“Enquiries are ongoing.”

An RAF spokesperson said: “Typhoon fighter aircraft from RAF Coningsby were launched this evening (Sunday) to intercept a civilian aircraft. The aircraft was escorted safely to Stansted.”