An explosion at a check-in area of Shanghai’s main international airport injured four people on Sunday, while in a separate incident a day earlier, Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest airport for international travel, closed its airspace for 69 minutes after an incursion by an unauthorised drone.
The explosion at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport was small – a beer-bottle bomb, apparently – and did not cause any flight disruption, officials said.
Ni Bowen, who was waiting at Pudong to check into a Philippine Airlines flight, told the New York Times that passengers ran for cover after a loud explosion rocked the hall.
The attacker, a man, threw a bottle containing explosives, the BBC reported. He then whipped out a knife and cut his throat. He is being held in a hospital.
Meanwhile, Government-owned Dubai Airports, which operates Dubai’s two main airports, said in a statement that it closed on Saturday between 11.36am and 12.45pm over a drone incursion. Twenty-two flights were diverted.
Dubai Airports chief executive Paul Griffiths said 16 of the diverted flights went to Dubai World Central, Dubai’s other main airport.
Flying of drones is banned within 5 kilometres of airports, helipads, landing areas or manned aircraft in the UAE.
In April, a British Airways flight was reported to have struck an object, believed to be a drone, as it approached Heathrow Airport to land. No damage was found on the aircraft and suspicion rose later that the object may have been just a plastic bag.
Written by Peter Needham