Another day of chaos at UK airports: Passengers face huge queues at 4AM at Birmingham and Bristol after lines for security stretched back more than a MILE yesterday
- Fed-up flyers took to social media to share pictures of the mayhem this morning
- Travellers warned others to allow as much as five hours to get through queues
- Passengers blamed for chaos yesterday amid ongoing airport staffing crisis
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Passengers are facing yet more queues and frustration at airports this morning after a day of chaos yesterday which saw lines for security stretch back more than a mile.
Fed-up flyers took to social media to share pictures of the mayhem at Birmingham in the early hours, with many warning others to allow as much as five hours to get through queues.
There were also delays for holidaymakers in Bristol, while in Manchester, one passenger told of waiting 40 minutes for the airbridge to get off the plane.
Elsewhere, there were also questions over baggage, as another traveller reported losing their wallet in the chaos.
On Twitter, one frustrated flyer said: ‘The queues at Birmingham Airport are worse than the media are reporting! Give yourself at least 5hrs before your flight!’
Another wrote: ‘OMG queues for security are ridiculous!!! Anyone flying from here at the moment I’d suggest turning up at least 4hrs before your flight is due to depart.’
A third said: ‘Yet another ridiculously poor experience at BHX this AM. Security queue both upstairs and downstairs. Time for the management team to resign.’
A spokesman for Birmingham airport told MailOnline: ‘Queues were managed and steadily moving this morning as we helped many of the more than 14,000 customers booked to fly out of BHX today.
‘As always, we ask customers to arrive at the airport exactly when your airline advises – and to help us help you keep queues moving by removing any liquids, gels, pastes and electrical items from your bags before our security x-ray scanners.’
Holidaymakers and commuters flying from Bristol experience lengthy queues early this morning
It came as holidaymakers were accused of causing the horrendous scenes witnessed yesterday amid the airports’ ongoing staffing crisis.
One employee was said to have blamed the bedlam on flyers failing to remove liquids from their hand luggage, as thousands faced waits of several hours at check-in and security.
British Airways was also forced to axe 128 flights, although the flagship carrier said passengers had at least a few days’ notice.
The chaos has seen some families taken to turning up six hours early while at Manchester Airport, one woman was left ‘in tears’ after missing her flight.
Passengers in Manchester said they were facing a two-hour wait at security check-in this morning, with queues leading outside the terminal and into a nearby car-park.
There were also delays to flights, while at Stansted, there were also claims of two-hour delays at passport control last night.
Passengers waited in queues stretching for more than 300 yards to pass through airport security at Manchester Airport.
Holidaymakers adhered to flight operators’ advice to arrive in plenty of time – only to be told they were too early to check-in.
It comes as airports up and down the UK continue to face staffing issues in the wake of Covid restrictions.
Travel chiefs say the issues have been exacerbated by a huge increase in demand for travel following two years of Covid-enforced disruption.
Some have warned the staffing issues, which came to a head last month as people rushed away for the first restriction free Easter Bank Holiday in more than two years, could last as long as a year.
And last week EasyJet announced plans to remove seats on some of its planes this summer so that it can operate flights with fewer cabin crew as it too battles staffing issues.
Bosses of both Manchester and Birmingham airports yesterday said the queues were due to the ongoing staffing problems.
It is also understood that Manchester has suffered additional problems, including passengers arriving up to six hours before their flight in the hope of beating the queues – creating bottlenecks at already busy times.
However there did not appear to be queues at Heathrow and Gatwick, though passengers at the UK’s two biggest airports, did face delays over Easter – when millions jetted off for a four-day weekend.
Bristol and Manchester airports have been approached for comment.