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Manchester Airport chaos ‘worse than ever’ as passengers miss flights amid lengthy queues

Queues were seen extending out into the car park as passengers arrived to catch their morning flights

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Passengers arriving at Manchester Airport this morning have once again experienced lengthy security queues, resulting in many missing their flights.

Last week, airport bosses advised passengers to arrive three hours before their flight to ensure queues wouldn’t form – however, this morning passengers have reported being forced to spend ‘hours’ in queues that extended all the way out into the car park.

Frustrated travellers took to social media to share images and videos of the scenes, which have been described as ‘shambolic’, ‘manic’ and ‘absolute chaos’.

Passenger Ryan Hoey arrived at the airport at 5am this morning to catch his 7am flight back to Belfast, but was met with lengthy security queues that stretched all the way outside of the Terminal building.

Ryan told Proper Manchester that while the staff were ‘very helpful’, Manchester Airport ‘needs to get its act together’ and ‘sort out its staffing crisis’.

Detailing the chaotic scenes, Ryan explained: “The staff were very helpful, letting me and other passengers skip the queue when our flight gates were called so we didn’t miss it, and you can’t help but feel sorry for them as they deal with angry customers. 

Read More: Andy Burnham warns queues and disruption at Manchester Airport will continue for ‘two months’

“Manchester Airport really needs to get its act together and sort out the staffing crisis.

“If they can’t attract staff, they should try improving the terms and conditions – not blaming passengers for the high demand.”

Other passengers also took to social media to express their frustrations this morning, with one person questioning: “Gateway to the world @manairport what a total shambles. How long is it going to take to sort this out?”

Ben Leather wrote on Twitter: “As a regular flyer I’ve never seen it this bad. Feel sorry for the overworked staff @manairport who clearly just don’t have the numbers to cope with the passenger load at the moment. Give yourself plenty of time to get through security if you’re flying anytime soon.”

A different passenger, known only as Chantel, explained that while her flight from the Dominican Republic had landed in Manchester at 6:30am, she was still waiting for her luggage at baggage reclaim nearly two hours later at 8am.

She wrote alongside a photo of the crowded area: “When you land at 06.38 get stranded on the tarmac and still waiting for your luggage off the plane. @manairport need more staff.”

Last month, the airport’s managing director Karen Smart stepped down as a result of the lengthy queues and delays.

Smart – who had been with the business for eight years but took on the senior role during the pandemic – formally stepped down on the same day political leaders and unions met with airport bosses to discuss the ‘concerning’ situation.

Smart had previously addressed the airport’s issues, saying in a statement: “We want to apologise to all our customers who have experienced disruption over the last couple of weeks.

“We want to be clear with our customers that getting back to full strength is going to take time and there will unfortunately be periods over the next few weeks when it will take longer to get through the airport than it should.”

Manchester Airport is currently on a ‘major’ recruitment drive to solve the ongoing queues and delays. You can see their current job vacancies here.

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Boris Johnson was ‘not partying’ in photo of him drinking at ‘party’, Tory MP says

New photos show the Prime Minister raising a glass during an alleged leaving party in November 2020

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has defended Boris Johnson after newly-released photos showed him drinking during an alleged lockdown party.

ITV News published four photos showing the Prime Minister raising a glass with a group of aides around a table littered with alcoholic drinks and party food on November 13th 2020, when the country was in its second national lockdown.

The photos, which were reportedly taken during a leaving party, cast fresh doubt on Johnson’s claims that he was unaware of rule-breaking in Downing Street during the pandemic.

However, a number of Tory MPs have spoken out in defense of Johnson, including Shapps, who insisted that Johnson ‘wasn’t partying’ in the first place.

Speaking to Sky News’ Kay Burley this morning, Shapps said: “The question is, was he down there partying?

“No, clearly not. He’d gone by to say thanks and to raise a glass to a colleague who was leaving. And, you know, the answer to this of course, is the police have spent a lot of time with a lot of people and a lot of resources… And they’ve come to their conclusion. 

Read More: Sue Gray report set to be ‘published in full next week’ as partygate investigation ends

“As we know, he wasn’t fined for that event.”

The Cabinet minister went on to say that Johnson is ‘completely mortified’ by the publishing of the photos, acknowledging that ‘it shouldn’t have happened’. 

He said: “He [Johnson] has paid the fifty quid fine. That’s the right thing to do. He’s human, and sometimes humans make mistakes.”

Shapps added: “I don’t think the fact of the pictures, us seeing them for the first time, changes what the police and Sue Gray already know.”

Just one week ago, it was announced that Sue Gray’s highly-publicised report into government misconduct during the Covid lockdowns had been completed.

A source close to Gray and her team said she now intends to publish her report ‘as soon as possible’, adding that it could come as early as next week, according to The Independent.

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Gino D’Acampo hits back at ‘haters’ who criticised him for kissing daughter on lips

The celebrity chef came under fire for being ‘too affectionate’ with his eight-year-old daughter Mia

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Gino D’Acampo has hit back at ‘all the haters out there’ who criticised him for kissing his daughter on the lips.

The celebrity chef shared two photos of himself and his eight-year-old daughter Mia, one in which the pair shared a kiss and the other showing them laughing candidly together.

Gino captioned the post: “To all the haters out there……yes I still kiss my principessa on the lips, get over it and get a life”.

The famed chef was met with a wave of support from his followers for sharing the post, with his teenage son Rocco also commenting with a series of hearts.

Another fan commented: “Blooming Nora, please tell me this is a joke? My son is 20 and I still kiss and cuddle him!”

While another questioned: “How can anyone say it’s wrong to kiss your child?!?!”

Read More: Gino D’Acampo’s Manchester restaurant to close permanently

Though Gino hasn’t always received this level of praise, with him recently dividing opinions after revealing his daughter gets sent to bed on an empty stomach if she doesn’t eat her dinner.

Appearing on the Sweat, Snot and Tears podcast late last year, Gino said he thinks children become fussy eaters as a result of parents who can’t be bothered to ‘fight’ over meal times.

He said: “When people talk to me about fussy children with food and ask me, ‘What do I think?’ I tell them there is no such a thing as a fussy child. There isn’t.

“But there is a thing of moron parenting. By moron, I mean idiots. A child doesn’t grow up fussy, it’s not possible. It’s the parents.”

Gino also likened his children to training a puppy, saying: “I’m not comparing a dog to a child, for God’s sake, but it’s the same as a when you have a little puppy.

“You only have to tell him off and pretend to smack him a couple of times not to do the wee on the floor. Eventually, he’s not going to do the wee on the floor, he’s going to go outside.”

An interesting perspective…

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Manchester Airport described as ‘hell on earth’ with long queues and waits of up to four hours this morning

The airport has been plagued by lengthy queues and delays for months now

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Manchester Airport has been described as ‘hell on earth’ as passengers were forced to queue for up to four hours this morning.

Frustrated travellers shared photos and videos of the carnage on social media, with the airport being described as ‘absolute and complete chaos’. 

Huge queues at check-in desks and security were reported across the morning, as well as long waits for luggage in arrivals.

Passenger Amy McDonald wrote on Twitter: “Never seen anything like it before at Manchester Airport, queued for 2 hours and when our flight was called it was a free for all… hope our bag has made it”.

Mhari Oaks said of her experience this morning: “Hell on earth this morning @manairport – avoid it like the plague!!!

“Everyone missing flights despite getting there 3 hours before departure. Absolute and complete chaos. No check in staff.”

Read More: Andy Burnham warns queues and disruption at Manchester Airport will continue for ‘two months’

Marion Wolstenholme described customers as being ‘upset, anxious and frustrated’, writing: “Chaos @manairport this morning.

“Almost 2 hours queuing to drop of case and still no end in sight. Really really poor – No organisation, no communication.”

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham previously warned that the lengthy queues and delays – said to be a result of staff shortages and increased passenger demand – will continue for the ‘foreseeable future’.

Following a meeting with airport bosses last month, Burnham said that while the airport has made efforts to recruit, ‘more should have been done earlier’, and that its communication to passengers ahead of and upon arrival should have been better, as should the management of the queues.

At this, Burnham offered three pieces of advice to passengers planning on travelling from the airport in the next few months:

  • Arrive at the airport three hours before your flight.
  • Check your baggage into the hold in advance if possible.
  • If you have to carry hand luggage please try to minimise it and ensure it is correctly packed before you leave home.

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