Today Gibraltar airport had to be closed, and the border crossing as well as local businesses closed because of a suspicious piece of luggage that was being loaded onto easyJet flight EZY8902.
The Royal Gibraltar Police tweeted at 1346 local time that the Frontier (Gibraltar–Spain border) and sundial was closed because of a suspicious package discovered at the airport. They also told residents to “please stay away from the area”.
Easyjet now says that a technical fault of the aircraft had caused the smoke smell which was mistaken, but discovered, by the baggage handlers.
Passengers say their luggage had to be re-screened before being loaded back onto the aircraft.