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Passengers at Manchester Airport complain of queuing for ‘nearly an hour’ at Passport Control

It’s the sight every passenger dreads – flying home only to be confronted with a long and winding queue like this one.

And that’s exactly what travellers faced after landing at Manchester Airport in the early hours of Saturday. Some claimed they were forced to wait nearly an hour for Passport Control,

One passenger shared this image with the Manchester Evening News. It shows a snaking queue stretching back into the Arrivals corridors and up the stairs.

He said: “We arrived at 1.15am and we waited for 55 minutes.”

(Image: Getty Images Europe)

A fellow traveller added: “I know the Manchester Evening News has run this story before but things have not improved. After returning from Alicante this evening we were faced with a horrific queue with only three staff checking and scanning passports.

“To make matters worse those with children under 12 were made to stand in a second queue which took even longer – children were crying all over the place, poor little things.”

He added: “Is this just Manchester or is this across the board? Will things get worse with Brexit? They need to provide more staff at border control, these kind of delays are not acceptable.”

Passport Control is managed by the Border Force department of the Home Office and not by Manchester Airport bosses.

It is understood children under 12 cannot be processed through the automatic scanners, which is why they would have had to queue to be seen in person by Border Force officials.

A Home Office spokeswoman said border security was ‘paramount’, with 100 per cent of scheduled passengers checked when arriving in the UK.

She acknowledged a queue time of 40 minutes at Manchester Airport for European Union travellers at 1.15am on Friday night.

Passengers from the European Economic Area should queue no longer than 25 minutes according to agreed service standards. Those from outside the area should wait no longer than 45 minutes 95 per cent of the time to keep within targets.

At 1.15am on August 12, the European Economic Area service standard was exceeded by 15 minutes the spokeswoman said, adding: “While every effort is made to keep delays for passengers to a minimum, when very large numbers of passengers arrive in a short space of time, it can mean a longer wait while these essential border security checks are conducted.”

The M.E.N revealed last month that Manchester airport has launched a new ‘fast-track’ lane at immigration, with passengers able to buy advance £4 tickets for a shorter queue.

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