Aug 13, 2018

Heathrow Airport passport queues reach 2.5 hours

Delays at Heathrow Airport passport control left passengers queuing for up to two and a half hours last month, figures show. Citizens of the European Union, the EEA and Switzerland can use the electronic gates at Heathrow's passport control - but visitors from all other countries must have their passports checked by a border force official. He said "Two-hour queues are fast becoming the norm" and Heathrow has missed its target for non-EEA arrivals 6,000 times so far this year. "A Home Office spokesman said:"The vast majority of people who arrive at Heathrow get through the border within our service standards. "We are making sure Border Force has the resources it needs and are deploying 200 additional staff at Heathrow over the summer."

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