LONDON: Travelers arriving in the UK faced hours-long delays on Saturday after a technical issue shut down electronic border gates at airports across the country, forcing everyone to manually check their passports in what was expected to be one of the busiest travel weekends. . year. The Home Office, the government agency responsible for immigration and borders, said it was working to rectify “a nationwide border system problem,” though it gave no details on what caused the problem.
Airport operators pleaded for patience and apologized for the delay as frustrated travelers took to social media to post images of long lines at airports including Manchester in the north of the country. England And London Airport – Heathrowthe busiest airport in Europe.
Travel is expected to be particularly busy over the next few days as the three-day weekend coincides with the start of a week-long break for most schools in the country. Britain. “We are aware of an issue with the nationwide border system affecting arrivals into the UK,” the Home Office said in a statement. “We are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and are liaising with port operators and airlines to minimize disruption to travelers.”
The problems, which began on Friday night, come as UK airports, airlines and ferry operators try to rebuild goodwill with the public after a series of lapses caused travel chaos last summer when overseas travel spiked in the wake of the pandemic. ap


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