‘Madness’ at Manchester Airport this morning as passengers face ‘two-hour’ security queues
Holidaymakers again faced long queues at Manchester Airport this morning, with reports of two-hour waits at security.
A frustrated passenger arrived at Terminal 2 in the early hours and said he had to wait an hour to drop off his bag and then another two hour queue to go through security. He took pictures of lines of passengers meandering through the terminal.
“It’s madness,” he told the Manchester Evening News . “It took two hours to get through security and they were yelling at people who had 7.30am or 8.30am flights to go through because time was running out.”
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Other passengers have taken to social media to express their frustration with the early morning queues. Paul Johnson tweeted this morning: “Disaster at Manchester Airport security. 2 hours and still not finished!
Alex said in a 5.50am tweet: “It was awful. Left at 2am for my 6.10am flight. Arrived at 3am. 70 minute queue to get into airport and check my back. Another 70 minutes to clear airside security when the gate was announced.”
Adrian tweeted at 5.35am: “@manairport Another dreadful experience this morning in ‘state of the art’ T2. Poor ventilation, massive queue. Really, really poor.”
The airport said this morning that wait times for security in Terminal 2 had peaked at 85 minutes. It was between 5:30 and 7:30 approximately.
The waiting time is now down to 15 minutes. Passengers are advised to expect security queues of up to 90 minutes on occasion.
It comes after a chaotic week of holiday cancellations, gigantic flight delays and missing luggage at Manchester Airport. Reports over the Jubilee weekend included queues stretching in car parks, missing luggage spotted 1,300 miles away, police rescues after flights failed to take off and even food shortages for passengers actually able to board their flights.
More than 30,000 TUI customers have also received messages canceling their journeys, while easyJet and Jet2.com passengers have also been affected. Manchester Airport blamed staff shortages at TUI and Swissport operations, a problem they say is eating away at the travel industry more broadly.
Last month, the airport issued a sincere apology for its staffing crisis. Passengers are always advised to arrive at the airport three hours before their flight.
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