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Urgent Action Needed on Airport Queueing Chaos

UK and Irish passport holders have been advised to arrive earlier for their flights, especially this coming weekend, because of the new extra security checks on travellers from outside the Schengen area.

Ryanair is already advising its passengers to arrive three hours before departure and UK Ministers have vowed to raise the airport queueing chaos with their EU counterparts.

Delays could be particularly severe this weekend because it is the peak holiday period, as well as being Bank Holiday weekend in the Republic. Dublin Airport for example is expect...

Another shock is that passengers will not be able to claim compensation for missing flights if the lengthy waits for passport checks made them late, EU regulations that force airlines to pay compensation for delayed or cancelled flights do not apply if the carriers are not directly responsible.

With passport control reportedly taking up to 10 minutes now to vet each passenger, airlines have accused officials of failing to recruit enough staff or install more kiosks in light of strict new vetting rules.

UK Aviation Minister Lord Callanan said he understood the "frustration" caused and promised to hold urgent talks with Portugal, Spain and Italy about the holiday airport chaos.

Queues of up to four hours have been reported at EU airports following the bungled introduction of tougher security checks for those travelling through Europe’s Schengen zone.

Lord Callanan said he would urge his counterparts to "do all they can to reduce queues and allow travellers to get on with their holidays".  Aage Duenhaupt, a spokesman for A4E, which represents airlines including BA's owner, International Airlines Group, Ryanair and easyJet, said thousands of flights had already been delayed because of tighter checks at some EU airports.

Unless Spanish border control puts in place an emergency plan to avoid queues and help passengers to get through faster, there will be a lot of devastating delays for passengers," he said. "It's a crazy situation."

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