A desperate vacationer arrived at the airport 12 hours early to avoid the colossal check-in and security lines.
The passenger didn’t want to be caught as thousands of families flying out over the Easter holidays face huge waits due to staff shortages.
The unnamed man, who is traveling from Coventry to Zimbabwe, arrived at Manchester Airport with half a day.
He told MEN, “I think if I get here nice and early, I don’t have to deal with all that madness over there.”
All three terminals have been plagued by queue chaos since most schools closed for Easter last week.
Travelers have complained of huge check-in lines and severe delays at security as Covid forces staffing shortages at airports.
The chaos got so bad on Friday that children were reportedly forced into it pee in plastic bags while I’m stuck for five hours.
While some people have managed to fly safely through UK airports, others have experienced the opposite.
Tamlyn Worrall shared video of holidaymakers packed like sardines at Heathrow and said: “Total carnage.”
The problems have prompted several airlines to cancel large numbers of flights.
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British Airways has canceled 84 flights so far today, while easyJet has grounded at least 38 flights from London Gatwick alone – both citing staff shortages due to illness.
Up to 20,000 domestic and international passengers could be affected.
Elsewhere, passengers had to queue outside the terminal at Dublin Airport at 4am as it continued to struggle with security staff shortages.
There were “massive, massive, massive” security queues at Leeds Bradford “from one end of the airport to the other”.
And Headmaster Paul Haigh described his experience at Manchester Airport as “bleak in both directions”.
Train cancellations in the Gatwick area and closures on the M4 around Berkshire and Greater London have also added to the stress.
Mark Gower said on Twitter: “One of the busiest times of the year for
Heathrow Airport and the Highways Agency decide to close the M4 between M25 and J3.
“Incredible incompetence on the part of who is planning this work.”
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