Due to new security protocols, many British passengers flying to Europe are facing long queues of up to four hours. Most passengers have already been warned to arrive well ahead of time in the wake of impending travel turmoil.
Holiday destinations such as Palma de Mallorca, Madrid, and Milan are all being affected. Other afflicted airports are Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris Orly and Brussels. At Barcelona’s El Prat airport passengers experienced an even longer delay as security staff spent upwards of ten minutes to handle each passenger in protest of overtime. Airports in Austria, Denmark and Greece are scheduled to adopt the new regulations within the next couple of weeks.
According to the European Commission, the delays are the ‘price of security’, subsequent to numerous terror threats in the last few years. What the effects hereof will be once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union altogether remains to be seen. But not forming a part of the 26 Schengen areas means that the queues are likely to get longer.