EasyJet flight from Gatwick to Malaga delayed
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With summer officially over, Brits have been seeking elsewhere for some sunshine and those returning from Malaga, Spain have reportedly faced long queues and locals shouting for them to “get out” of the country. Videos posted to social media show some parts of the airport at a standstill while others, travellers are knocking down barriers.
Angry Spaniards were filmed shouting “Fuera fuera” – “Get Out Get Out” in English – in response to holidaymakers behaviour at Malaga airport last night.
Witnesses claim tourists had taken matters “into their own hands” after being forced to wait “forever” to be allowed through by police and other officials checking passenger locator forms.
Jim Ramsden, one of the Brits who posted footage of the chaos on social media, explained the situation: “It was arrivals at 11.30pm last night (SUN) and it was all nationalities who just got fed up standing in a queue that wasn’t moving.”
Mejulie Traynor, who was also in the queue, added: “I was there too but I behaved myself and queued for an hour.”
Another Brit caught up in the late-night chaos branded the scenes “crazy”.
As onlookers saw other passengers revolting, someone was heard muttering: “They’ve given up waiting haven’t they People are just going for it.
“Shall we join them? Am I going to get shot by a Spanish policeman if I do.”
Officials appeared to try and restore order by blowing whistles but passengers still surged forward.
Pierce O’Riordan, tweeted footage of arrivals: “At an absolute standstill here in Malaga airport.
“The queue hasn’t moved for 15 minutes and it is boiling.”
Another witness, Rachel O’Shea also tweeted a video of the long queues: “Welcome to Covid screening @MalagaAirport” before adding: “Minutes later people knocked down the barriers. Absolute carnage.”
As for how Spaniards responded, they could be heard shouting, in reference to the complete lack of social distancing: “There’s no Covid here is there!”
And “Shame on you” in an apparent rage at officials processing the health forms.
There has been no immediate comment from airport chiefs.
Malaga is the latest airport to suffer from queues caused by border force checking passenger locator forms.
Express.co.uk recently reported Manchester Airport in chaos after conveyor belts were seen overflowing with luggage.
Suitcases and bags were piled up on belts and the floor as hundreds of passengers waited at border control to get through and collect them.
And Heathrow recently admitted they had a shortage or Border Force officers to process those entering the country.
Combined with the need to “ensure passengers are compliant with current health measures”.
Additional reporting by Natalia Penza.
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