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Tuesday, 11 September, 2001, 23:38 GMT 00:38 UK
US flights return to Scotland
The scene of the twin towers in New York
Many thousands are feared dead
Passengers from flights bound for the United States and Canada are being accommodated in hotels around Scotland.

Some flights were turned back mid-flight and others cancelled before take-off, when all US airports were closed on Tuesday afternoon.

All flights in the US were grounded after four planes were hijacked and flown into strategic targets across the country.

The devastation in New York led to flights being sent back to countries all over the world.

The pressure on hotel beds was so severe in Glasgow where a huge international medical conference is taking place this week, that some passengers had to be taken by bus to Ayrshire and Dunbartonshire.

Passengers from an Air Canada flight have been found beds at a halls of residence in Glasgow.

It is believed some passengers were taken to the North of England.

Stranded travellers

A spokeswoman for the agency at Glasgow airport which handles flights to the US and Canada thanked the Scottish public for their generosity.

She said the airport had been inundated with calls offering to give people a place to stay.

Members of the public have been offering rooms in their houses and food to any stranded Americans.

City Hotels with no rooms left prepared to put mattresses into ballrooms to provide emergency bedding if it were necessary.

With all flights to the US cancelled until further notice, the passengers could be stranded for days.

See also:

11 Sep 01 | Americas
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