A LUGGAGE MANAGER has revealed the real cause of Britain’s airport chaos – and why it’s not coming to an end soon.
Holidaymakers have faced the queues of hell, canceled flights and exhaustion with chaotic scenes at airports around the country.
An airport worker for one of Britain’s major travel hubs has now lifted the lid on industry unrest.
He claims that the problems were triggered by Covid – but is now exacerbated by a large number of employees who choose to stop.
This means that the shortage of staff is not expected to decrease in the near future.
The airport worker, who wished to remain anonymous, told the BBC: “The problem is that some people on leave were asked to take paid leave, perhaps being fired temporarily.
“They said, ‘We put you on hold, when everything comes back to normal, you will be the first person to be hired.’
“It went on. And people have financial obligations, so they moved on. I know a baggage handler who has ended up becoming a firefighter.
“Some decided to go back to their country, some working as plumbers and electricians.
“About three days ago, one of these people traveled through the airport and he said it was the best decision of his life.”
He said many employees feel “stuck” in their jobs.
“People who work at airports in the aviation industry, it’s a different ball game for the outside world,” he said.
“They are micro-controlled, it’s a command situation. People in that industry often feel stuck.
“This pandemic opened up some other avenues so they could try something.”
He slammed the airlines for not being “fully prepared” for the increase in demand from people wanting to travel abroad after the pandemic.
Trade unions have warned the chaos “will last the entire summer season” unless the crisis is resolved quickly.
Travelers have been urged not to arrive more than three hours early – despite facing horrific five-hour queues snaking their way through terminals into parking lots outside.
Even when they reach departures, they still face a grueling escape lottery in which hundreds of planes are scrapped.
Tui has discarded 34,000 stays. Some passengers were told that they would not be heading away after huge waiting times inside the terminal or even on planes.
Easyjet has canceled more than 200 flights during the half year.
Consumer champions Which? says the government must act to stop airlines selling flights “they can not actually deliver”.