Mum of Britain’s biggest family overlooks Manchester Airport before flying to Florida
The mother of Britain’s biggest family has said she is not ‘eager’ to fly from Manchester Airport amid ongoing chaotic scenes of huge queues, luggage delays and crowded recording rooms.
Sue Radford – a 22-year-old mum – was due to travel from the airport to Walt Disney World in Florida this week with 15 family members for their Easter vacation, Lancs Live reports. She told fans she thinks the family will experience five-hour delays given how many of them are traveling.
She described the situation at the airport as a ‘nightmare’ as she spoke in her ‘most tense vlog ever’. Sue explained that the day before the flight, the family, from Morecambe, would have to take 16 Covid tests in appointment slots with an online witness.
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The four dates included four family members at a time and a single negative test could cancel the much-anticipated vacation for the whole family. Sue said: “I hope, fingers crossed, everyone is negative. I can’t even begin to tell you how nervous I am about these tests. I didn’t sleep very well last night. last night because obviously if someone tests positive we can’t go and we’ll have to rearrange it.
“I still think it won’t be the end of the world if we have to rearrange it, I think the situation with Manchester airport at the minute is an absolute nightmare and if I’m being honest I don’t feel like to do because I think it takes two and a half, three hours to get through security, check in also takes about an hour.
“Obviously when you’re sixteen you can double that well, so probably around five hours for us at that time, we would have probably missed our flight.”
She continued: “I don’t want to go through this, I have to admit. So I think it won’t be the end of the world if one of us tests positive, we can just rearrange it for later in the year. year, but obviously the kids will be absolutely devastated.”
Sue told viewers it wouldn’t be ‘the end of the world’ if the trip was rearranged as if the trip was to take place at a later date, children Millie, Chris, James and Luke would have had their second shots and would be able to travel with them.
Fortunately, all sixteen family members tested negative and then caught up with viewers in the car on the way to the hotel. She told fans they tried to check in themselves and their bags online, but Manchester Airport’s website wouldn’t allow them to do so.
“So I was on the phone trying to get through an hour and ten minutes, we finally managed to add all the suitcases but we couldn’t check in over the phone so we’ll have to check in when we get there,” she continued. Sue said a member of staff told her the system was down so they weren’t the only ones who wanted to check in. , we have our seats and everything.”
Her daughter Katie added: “We hope it’s not crazy with the queues.”
Sue replied: “I’m not looking forward to it, I have to admit, this morning when I was feeling really, really nervous about these Covid tests, I was thinking, would that be such a bad something wrong? Obviously that would be because the kids would be gutted, but that’s not a great experience for people, is it?”
Dad, Noel, later explained that the family would get up an hour earlier in anticipation of queues or delays.
Passengers at Manchester Airport have shared photos of chaotic scenes in recent weeks, with some even missing their flights due to huge queues. Travelers described the scenes as ‘chaotic’ and ‘scary’ and there were warnings that ‘someone could be hurt’.
Airport chiefs said the delays were due to industry-wide staffing and recruitment issues as international travel slowly began to return to normal following the Covid pandemic.
On Tuesday, the Manchester Airport boss resigned amid a growing backlash over the chaos. Karen Smart has decided to leave the company after eight years to “pursue new opportunities”.
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