Desperate passengers at Bristol Airport were forced to sleep on the floor as they desperately tried to check in
While those at Heathrow airport are forced to hunt wild geese to find their own bags, the miserable holidaymakers at Bristol airport have been forced to sleep on the floor to avoid queues.
A traveler struggled to check in this morning as queues stretched from 4.30am, so they took an inflatable bed with them to Bristol.
Customers arrived hours before their flights in a bid to avoid already long queues amid increased travel disruption as lines of ‘unclaimed baggage’ piled up at airport terminals. London airport.
As employers rushed to fill vacancies in the wake of the outbreak, major labor shortages in the UK caused pandemonium at Heathrow in March.
After unions rejected a 10% wage offer in favor of walkouts as early as next month, possibly during the summer holidays, British Airway workers are also threatening to strike.
The airline’s offer, according to union bosses, was only a one-time “bonus”, and its employees are demanding a full-time boost.
Early July is the start of the strikes, but unions have not specified a timetable, likely in a bid to pressure BA executives to back down.
Footage from inside Heathrow appears to show dozens of ‘unclaimed’ bags thrown around carousels.
In an effort to find their luggage, which was supposed to arrive with them a few days ago, other distraught travelers were set in pursuit of the wild goose.
After embarking on a trip from Cannes to Heathrow last week, Kate Hardcastle MBE was left without her luggage and couldn’t locate it for six days.
A British Airways employee informed her that her bag had been sent to Dublin and returned to Terminal 2, which was hardest hit by the baggage problem.
The business expert said Heathrow workers had told him they were recommending their own families to postpone travel until at least November.
I’m really worried about people who don’t travel as often as I do, Kate said in an interview with MailOnline. “I’ve been traveling for 20 years and you assume nothing will phase you,” she continued.
But things are a mess. People who travel for vacation after years of planning have no idea what to expect. When I arrived last week from Cannes, I ended up spending two hours in Terminal 5 trying to get my bag.
It was chaotic; they pushed extremely complicated shapes into people’s faces. As far as I can tell, BA hasn’t returned calls in months.
“I had to pack for four weeks because I will be traveling for work during that time, and I had to get rid of high value and sentimental items that were in there.”
Normally I would advise everyone to pack lightly and follow my own advice, but given my current situation I was unable to do so. BA said they are on a complete goose chase and have no idea where my bag is.
“Today I went to Terminal 2 hoping to get it back. There were 13 other people waiting before me who said they had been there for hours and no one from any airline was answering .
I found someone in operations, and together we helped the people who had carried today’s baggage to retrieve their baggage.
Staff members on the ground say that due to the chaos they are urging their own friends and family to postpone their travel plans until November.
The total calm and lack of feedback from the CEOs simply stunned me. The truth is that people in the UK have been waiting for two years like Rapunzel in a tower, and they don’t deserve to be delayed or denied access to their luggage.
“I don’t know why no one at the top of companies is intervening. I try not to be too judgmental, but it’s not enough if you’re not even ready to fight on the front line.
“People are rightly on the verge of tears, and so am I.” I have no chance of getting it back. Even those who live further away and who have misplaced their belongings cannot return easily. My belongings must be transported in carrying bags.
All travelers with baggage issues are advised to contact their specific airline, according to Heathrow.
It follows a chaotic weekend in which passengers arriving at Heathrow’s Terminals 2 and 3 encountered a sea of luggage pouring through the terminals as they arrived from Amsterdam, Canada and India. Staff reportedly apologized to concerned passengers, saying: ‘Sorry the whole industry is in trouble.’
Check-in delays, flight delays and baggage problems have plagued airports for months in the UK, which experts attribute to a general lack of workers in the sector.
The announcement comes as thousands of British Airways workers, including engineers and cabin crew, have pledged to cause even more chaos at airports and airlines over the summer holidays.
Unions are asking more than 16,000 staff if they want to join the more than 700 BA workers who have already agreed to walk out in protest over pay at Heathrow Airport throughout the summer.
Armed unions GMB and Unite accuse ‘pig-head’ aviation executives of sparking the dispute by ordering mass layoffs during the pandemic when airlines were already struggling financially.
The RMT union, led by Mick Lynch, sparked a series of mass walkouts that crippled Britain’s rail system, prompting the threat of strike action.
According to Downing Street, strikes by BA employees would deepen the “misery” currently experienced by travelers at airports.
A Number 10 spokesperson continued: “We strongly encourage British Airways and the unions to come together to negotiate a settlement. It is certainly a problem for British Airways and the unions.
“We don’t want to see any more inconvenience for passengers, and a strike would only make things worse for travelers at airports.”
The ‘Department for Transport will obviously be working closely together to review any contingency measures BA may put in place and we expect BA to put contingency measures in place to ensure that there are the least possible disruptions and that where there are disruptions, passengers can be reimbursed,” the statement said.
In the past, politicians have defended the reinstatement of the triple pension lock while backing wage moderation elsewhere, saying it would be “unwise” to raise public sector wages in line with inflation.
Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair, claimed last week that one of the problems with hiring in the UK is because “Brits don’t want to be baggage handlers”, noting that his Irish company has no not experienced the same problems.
The low-cost carrier was “totally spared” airport congestion this summer, which caused other UK airlines to cancel thousands of flights in part due to a lack of workers.
On the other hand, Mr O’Leary claimed that Ryanair was ready for the resumption of pre-Covid travel levels since it could see the “recovery coming” and had already got its staff back to work.
Moreover, he claimed that unlike his rivals, his Irish business could benefit from the European labor market and avoid having to hire British workers who did not want to “pick fruit or work in hospitality, security or baggage handling at airports”.
As employees went on strike over the weekend in Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, Ryanair is also facing its own labor disputes in Europe.
At UK airports, passengers have endured check-in delays, plane cancellations and baggage problems for months.