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Environmental protest group Plane Stupid manage to prevent at least 21 flights taking off when they invaded a runway at Stansted airport for five hours on Monday morning.
The group are protesting over the government’s decision to allow the expansion of Stansted Airport with a second runway. The protest also follows the decision last week by Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon to delay the decision on whether to build a third runway at Heathrow until January.
Plane Stupid is the group that draped banners from the roof of the House of Commons and from a plane on the runway at Heathrow in February.
They say such direct action is vital to get the message across about the danger to the environment of aviation emissions. Do you agree?