CHILDREN have been forced to ‘pee in plastic bags’ at Manchester Airport while stuck in queues for five hours, holidaymakers have said.
Families trying to get away over the Easter holidays faced with enormous waiting times due to staff shortages.
Now travelers have told of the horrors of the queue chaos where little ones were “forced to urinate into sacks”.
Jack Makin, 32, and his wife Laura Story-Makin, 32, arrived at the airport three and a half hours before their April 1 flight to Malta to celebrate their anniversary.
But their journey began far from romantically when they saw young children getting sick during the five “intense” hours it took them to reach their gate.
Jack, a postman and photographer from Winsford in Cheshire, told the Manchester Evening News: “We flew out of Terminal 3 but had to fly through Terminal 1 for their safety and then through Terminal 3 as Terminal 3 didn’t have staff to go there the.” to open security”
“So we had two terminals full of people going through a security area. It was a mess. There were about five staff manning the whole thing and handing out trays for luggage.
“A family before us had a child who became ill from dehydration and heat exhaustion.
“Children had to pee in the plastic bags that liquids are usually put in. It was horrific.”
The couple, who arrived at the airport at 4.30pm, were still in line at 8.15pm to get through security – and their flight was due to depart at 8.05pm.
They were through by 9pm – but then there were further delays when they had to be checked by a member of staff.
Jack said: “I told Laura to just give up and go home a couple of times because our flight time ran out and we obviously missed it. After asking everyone who worked there if our flight had gone, no – we could be answered.
“We had to risk everything hoping our pilot didn’t throw us overboard after an intense five-hour battle.”
However, after their “torture from hell” when they finally reached the gate and their flight took off three hours late at 11:15 p.m.
But two and a half hours after the flight, a woman collapsed through the toilet door.
Jack explained: “Laura went over to see what was going on. It turned out that this poor lady was suffering from low blood pressure and passed out as she entered the restroom. Laura put her down along with the absolutely brilliant Ryanair staff and lifted her feet. A few minutes later she felt better.
“Within 10 minutes an elderly gentleman walked past our seats and just fell to the ground with a terrible bang. Laura jumped out of her seat a second time and ran to the man’s help. Luckily there was a surgeon on board and they determined he had a low blood pressure and monitored him for a while.”
After their “worst experience ever at an airport”, the “sleepless” couple finally reached their hotel in Malta around 5am.
A Manchester Airport spokesman apologized for the delays and said security forces had managed the “challenging circumstances” as best they could.
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8628978/children-pee-bags-manchester-airport-queue-chaos/ Children forced to ‘pee in plastic bags’ in chaos at Manchester Airport as holidaymakers face FIVE hour waits