FRAZZLED passengers have complained of queues of up to 45 minutes at a terminal Wetherspoons as travel disruption continued into its sixth day.
Tired travellers at London Stansted Airport reported that food and drinks outlets were “packed to the rafters” as departure lounges turned into scenes of “utter chaos.”
The Jubilee bank holiday weekend has already seen thousands of Brits opt to squeeze a vacation abroad – despite the uncertainty surrounding cancelled flights.
And even though would-be holiday-makers have been urged not to arrive at the airport more than three hours early, many have chosen to rush through security in a bid to avoid long queues, only to find themselves with time to kill in the departure lounge.
And today, the scramble reportedly left hordes of passengers waiting for a pre-flight pint as many documented their struggle at getting some grub.
One fuming passenger tweeted: “Security at Stansted was quick but inside the terminal building, I am experiencing complete and utter CHAOS.
“Wetherspoons is at least a 45-minute wait and other outlets and seats are packed to the rafters.”
Others reported a similarly chaotic experience, as a second person wrote: “Through Stansted airport security in four minutes – no queues.
“The problem is the queues for all food outlets!” Another said: “Took longer to get a burger at Stansted than it did to get through security”
A third agreed: “Only issue is the usual Stansted problem with actually being able to cope with waiting people after security. Big queues for food places, lack of seats etc..
“But no issues getting past security. Rather be through and waiting than stuck on the other side though.”
Many passengers described how this problem has been ongoing for days with people said to be looking “stressed and disgruntled” at the number of closed and understaffed food outlets.
One traveller added: “Yep. Had that yesterday. They tell everyone to come early so they do, and this is what happens.
“Doesn’t help that a lot of the food units and levels are closed.”
The Sun has reached out for comments from Stansted officials as travellers reported queues as early as 3am.
It came as similar scenarios reportedly played out across the country as some passengers were even forced to wait outside terminals.
Aviation experts say that staff shortages, IT issues, air traffic problems and a surge of travellers post-Covid have caused a “perfect storm” of chaos for holidaymakers.
And travellers across the country have been warned the disruption could get worse – as unions say there’ll be problems throughout “the entire summer”.
Even when they do make it to departures they still face a gruelling getaway lottery, with hundreds of flights scrapped.
Ryanair has already issued a travel update for Brits travelling in the next few days, advising to leave three hours before departure to avoid the current travel chaos.
Earlier this week, police were forced to tell exhausted Tui passengers their flight was cancelled after eight-hour delays.
Brits were in tears as two policemen arrived to read a statement from the airline after days of “total carnage” in UK airports.
More than 30,000 Tui passengers due to fly from Manchester Airport alone over the next month will have their holiday plans crushed by the end of today.
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