Long Stansted Immigration Queues Last Night, ‘Unacceptable’ Airport bosses say: BBC

Posted: May 5, 2012 in Aviation & Airports (General News), Stansted
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[BBC News]Long queues for passport control checks at UK airports are a fact of life but are still an “unacceptable” part of travel, Stansted Airport bosses say.

Beth Cooper, from Ightham, near Sevenoaks, Kent, was delayed by around 45 minutes as she returned to the UK from a trip to Cork, in Ireland.

Beth Cooper, from Ightham, near Sevenoaks, Kent, was delayed by around 45 minutes as she returned to the UK from a trip to Cork, in Ireland – Photo Beth Cooper

Delays of more than 45 minutes were experienced by hundreds of passengers at the Essex airport on Friday night. The airport has said this was not a one-off happening, and queues at immigration were an “ongoing problem”.

Home Secretary Theresa May said the Stansted issue would be looked at, but Heathrow Airport was the “key” focus.”

“We will deal with these issues,” she said, adding that staff were being redeployed to ensure checkpoints were manned when needed.

The UK Border Force said it deployed staff to meet demand but would not compromise on security.

A Border Force spokesperson said: “We flexibly deploy staff to meet demand, meaning that the vast majority of passengers pass through immigration controls quickly. “We will not compromise border security but work closely with airport operators to keep delays to a minimum.”

A spokesman for the airport, owned by BAA, said: “The majority of passengers arriving at Stansted pass through border controls quickly and securely.

“However, at peak times, and similar to many other UK airports, immigration queues can be……

Read the full story at BBC News…..


BBc News 5 May 2012
Last updated at 14:33


 

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