THOUSANDS of passengers have been stuck in long queues at Birmingham Airport this week.
On Monday, May 9, photos and videos were shared across social media of passengers queuing up outside the terminal for security checks.
Airport bosses say they ran security queues outside the terminal to avoid them getting tangled with check-in lines.
The airport reported no queues outside the terminal on Tuesday or Wednesday and reported that queues were ‘moving steadily’.
Holidaymakers have said they almost missed their flights, and slammed airport bosses over security delays and crowded check-in halls.
Jon Rowe shared an image online of the rammed airport at 4am on Tuesday.
He tweeted: “The queues at Birmingham Airport are worse than the media are reporting! Give yourself at least five hours before your flight!”
Others including Vanda Bridgens managed to get through security a bit quicker.
She tweeted: “Just taken about one hour and 10mins to get through. Not bad at all. Seems like plenty of staff here.”
Others including Andie Kis shared a picture on Tuesday with no queues and added: “Bag drop off and security. Everything was super quiet.”
Birmingham Airport chief executive Nick Barton last week blamed a ‘lag’ between recruiting new employees and making them operational for the ongoing security delays.
Birmingham Airport said: “As always, we ask customers to arrive at the airport at the time your airline advises – and to help us help you keep queues moving by removing any liquids, gels, pastes and electrical items from your bags before our security x-ray scanners.”