Passengers have been asked to drop off their luggage at the airport a day before their flight amid the travel chaos

British Airways has contacted passengers and asked them to check in their luggage before returning to their flight the next day to ease the pressure at the airport

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Passengers at airports across the country have been hit

Holidaymakers are being asked to check in their bags the night before departure to ease the pressure at the devastated airports.

British Airways has contacted passengers flying from London Gatwick or Heathrow Terminal 5, asking them to check in their luggage before returning to their flight the next day.

In an email to travelers flying from Gatwick, BA said: “We want to do everything we can to help you avoid wasting your time waiting in line.”

BA has cut 10,000 jobs during the pandemic and has struggled to hire enough staff to meet booming demand for outbound travel since travel restrictions were lifted.

It also ran its overnight bag drop service last summer when it was facing staff shortages.

All passengers on the booking must be present to check in luggage, so entire families would have to travel to the airport in the evening and return for their flight the next morning.

Huge queues formed at check-in and through security at Manchester Airport

Meanwhile, hundreds of TUI passengers were outraged after receiving a text message saying their trips had been canceled from Manchester Airport.

Vacationers say they faced a grueling four-hour wait to get through check-in and security, followed by a four-hour “waiting for a pilot” flight delay.

The problematic flight from Terminal 2 to Kos was scheduled to depart at 3.45pm on Saturday.

But a family say they have been informed by text message from TUI that their £4,500 trip, including flights and an all-inclusive hotel, has been cancelled.

George Sharp said: “It was a circumstance I had never heard of before.

“They boarded and then canceled not just the flight but the entire holiday.

“TUI staff refused to confront anyone and the police came to tell them to go through security, collect their luggage and go home.”

A TUI spokesman said: “We understand how disappointing and frustrating this is and apologize for the inconvenience caused.

“We would like to thank customers at Manchester Airport today for their patience and understanding during this exceptionally busy time.”

A spokesman for Manchester Airport said it was in talks with airlines to resolve the issue.

Passengers were delayed for hours in Manchester before their flight was cancelled

Children broke down in tears after their vacation plans were ruined

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He said: “We are aware of the challenges faced by a number of airlines and handling agents, leading to delays in check-in and baggage claim for some passengers.”

The chaos follows huge delays for half-term holidaymakers as flights have been cancelled, roads blocked and ferries missed.

Up to 30,000 passengers were stranded after easyJet canceled more than 200 departures, causing chaos in Gatwick, Manchester and Bristol.

And British Airways grounded another 120 short-haul European and domestic flights from Heathrow.

Long delays were also experienced on the A20 towards the port of Dover in Kent, causing many to miss their ferries.

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