Britain’s airport chaos has spread to Leeds Bradford, with travellers complaining of ‘total chaos’, hours-long queues and missed flights caused by delays.
Frustrated holidaymakers said they stood for more than three hours to get through security, with some feeling faint or bursting into tears as their flight times neared.
Airport bosses are blaming an industry-wide problem with staffing shortages caused by Covid self-isolation and mass layoffs during the pandemic.
At Leeds Bradford, one traveller claimed there was just one staff member checking the passports of around 3,000 people – with some waiting outside the terminal. He raged: ‘The airport aren’t interested. Get there early they say, but you’re still going to queue for three hours.’
Two police officers were seen monitoring the ‘standstill’ queues during yesterday’s chaos, Leeds Live reported.
Another holidaymaker said she missed her flight to Fuerteventura despite arriving at Leeds Bradford three hours before take-off, adding: ‘There was total chaos. After having no customer services available it was clear the whole of the airport was a queue’.