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One of the passengers evacuated described seeing “lots of armed police” at the scene.

Another said they had initially given “no explanation” on being ordered to leave the terminal.

Frustrated, one directly tweeted the airport to ask: “Can you tell me what is going on at the exit in terminal 2 and why we are not being allowed to leave?”

In a statement, police said: “Police were called at 10:47hrs to reports of an unattended bag at Terminal 2 of Heathrow Airport.

“The area has been evacuated as a precaution. The item will be assessed by specialist officers.”

A Heathrow spokesperson said: “Our teams are working with the police, in response to a potentially suspicious item identified at Terminal 2.

“As a precaution, passengers have been temporarily moved away from the area.

“We apologise to any passengers inconvenienced while the matter is investigated.”

They then added at around 12.45pm: “This incident has been closed by police and the terminal is fully reopen.”