Heathrow Airport queues: Immigration bosses accused of massaging figures as passengers storm security

Posted: April 29, 2012 in Aviation & Airports (General News), Heathrow
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[Daily Mail] The police have been forced to step in as angry travellers, frustrated with long queues at Britain’s airports, have started rushing through passport control without showing their documents as passengers are regularly forced to wait 90 minutes

Police forced to step in as airport delay row worsens: Angry travellers are now storming through security without showing their passports: Flickr 'ukhomeoffice'

Police forced to step in as airport delay row worsens: Angry travellers are now storming through security without showing their passports: Flickr 'ukhomeoffice'

There have been a number of incidents in recent weeks, including a Spanish man who had to be restrained by counter-terrorism officers at Heathrow on Wednesday after bursting through security.The news follows reports passengers are forced to wait up to 90 minutes to clear passport control at Heathrow and increases pressure on Immigration Minister Damian Green to step in and address the problem.

Last month 20 passengers stormed through security at Birmingham Airport, angry  after waiting for two hours and police were deployed at Heathrow on Thursday after a group of fuming Americans began shouting at border staff.

A UK Border Agency source told the Sunday Times: ‘I have never before had so many complaints from passengers in one shift or faced such a hostile immigration control environment.’

Home secretary Theresa May is also underfire for reducing the manpower at borders.

She plans to cut the number of officers from…..

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By Christopher Leake and Ian Garland
PUBLISHED: 29 April 2012


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