Brits ‘acting like toddlers’ in airport chaos as students stuck abroad just before GCSEs

Hundreds of flights have been canceled over the four-day bank holiday weekend and many Brits are now struggling to return home, including stressed-out students who have exams this week

Holidaymakers and commuters flying out of Bristol will again have to endure long queues on Monday morning as several flights have been delayed or cancelled
Holidaymakers and commuters flying out of Bristol will again have to endure long queues on Monday morning as flights are delayed or cancelled

Holidaymakers across the country are still experiencing major delays as airport chaos rages on after a busy six months and four-day anniversary weekend.

Thousands of Brits trying to return home after the break have been stuck in “crazy” queues for hours or have their flights canceled altogether, including students who will be taking their GCSEs this week.

Hundreds of flights were canceled by various airlines over the course of the Platinum Jubilee weekend. EasyJet apologized to its customers after it canceled 80 flights on Sunday, also affecting Wizz Air, Vueling and British Airways.

As well as cancellations here in the UK, many Brits have been stranded abroad, desperate to get home.







Passengers at Leeds Airport had to queue on the street
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A frustrated North Yorkshire holidaymaker says airport staff are not to blame for huge airport delays but blame it on adults who are ‘acting like toddlers’.

Ian Gordon, a North Yorkshire businessman, was due to leave Leeds Bradford Airport for a business flight to Malaga on Sunday morning.

When he arrived at the airport, despite the 5:30 am, he was greeted by queues and long delays.







Britons “behave like toddlers” at airports, according to a disgruntled passenger.
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said Ian LeedsLive : “Today at 5:30 am [Sunday] There were crazy queues. After going through security, initial observations suggest it could go much faster if passengers prepared before getting to the tray. It’s not difficult.

“Electrics out, put watch in coat pocket, take off boots, coats and belts. Some things take forever.

“It’s like people have forgotten how to get to the airport. The thing is, thousands of people are trying to get through the airport at the same time, especially on those early morning flights.






Significant delays occurred at Leeds Bradford Airport

“People have lockdown toilet paper syndrome. They all rush to the airport earlier than necessary, and then they do not organize themselves in the queue.

“People hadn’t gotten their electronics out before they got to security and now because it’s all on our phones, people don’t have their boarding passes ready or it’s in their photos and they can’t find it. People have forgotten how to fly.”

A passenger who flew easyJet over the weekend tweeted that her flight from Barcelona was canceled and she had to pay for a flight from Girona out of her own pocket.







The queues for travelers on Monday morning at Bristol Airport
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She tweeted: “@easyJet can you please DM me. My flight from Barcelona was canceled this morning without any help from staff or any compensation information.

“I had to get to Girona out of my own pocket to try and catch a flight tomorrow morning.”

Another, meanwhile, said two teachers, a midwife and a physio assistant were all stuck in Portugal and in a race to return home.

She added: “@easyjet literally boards the plane at Faro airport to be told the flight has been cancelled. Easyjet, you are a disgrace. Nobody at the airport to help. 8 hours overnight at the airport. No flights to Liverpool until next week. Your app doesn’t work there and you don’t answer the phone.

“Stranded in Portugal. I got as far as boarding an easyjet flight to Liverpool in the night to be told it was cancelled. The plane came back empty! No one to help, the easy jet app not working, spent the night at the airport and you can’ t contact easyjet by phone.

“Literally boarding the plane at Faro airport to be told the flight has been cancelled. Easyjet you are a disgrace. No one at the airport to assist. 8 hours overnight at the airport. No flights to Liverpool until next week. Your app hasn’t worked since then and you haven’t answered the phone.”

Another said they had to travel about 280 miles with two young children in tow to catch an alternative flight as their original trip was cancelled.

They said: “I’m still awaiting contact from @easyJet from our canceled flight on Saturday night. We had to book our own hotel, make alternative transport arrangements and drive over 450 km to catch an alternative flight. All this together with two very tired young children. #easyJet”

Trouble at Luton Airport was compounded on Sunday when a 20-second power outage plunged travelers into darkness. The blackout is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike, and in a tweet the airport said “some contagious” interference was likely.

Meanwhile, hundreds of flights were canceled last week, but even after battling the delays and queues, some of those who enjoyed their holidays abroad are now struggling to return.

Some of these are stressed students who have to do high school and high school this week.







This was the scene that greeted travelers at Leeds Bradford Airport on Bank Holiday Friday
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A concerned traveler tweeted on Sunday: “We are in Spain for half the semester. EasyJet flight home canceled this morning. Son has GCSE exams starting Monday. No other flights, no information on whether to go to the airport at all, etc.!”

Ben, 17, was due to return home on Saturday, giving him a few days to prepare for his math GCSE exam on Tuesday. However, his mother Emma told the BBC that her easyJet flight home from Paris was canceled and the earliest flight the airline could offer was on Tuesday, which was too late for his checks.

Hundreds of pounds later, they boarded the Eurostar and were scheduled to return to Stockport at 11.30pm on Monday night.







On Sunday, passengers are queuing for check-in at Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2
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EasyJet has since apologized for the disruption it caused to its customers across the country, saying it was doing everything it could to support passengers.

And over the weekend, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said air travelers should receive automatic refunds for canceled holidays, similar to the train delay refund scheme.

He added that it was up to the airlines and airports themselves to hire and train more staff and said it was vitally important airlines did not oversell flights. Mr Shapps added that more changes were coming to avoid a similar situation for the summer holidays, speaking to the BBC’s Sunday morning programme.

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