Heathrow passengers hit by ‘excessive’ queues and forced to travel without bags in half-term disruption

·2 min read
Heathrow says it is working with British Airways to reunite passengers with luggage (AFP via Getty Images)
Heathrow says it is working with British Airways to reunite passengers with luggage (AFP via Getty Images)

Technical issues at Heathrow have left passengers facing long queues and some forced to fly without luggage as hundreds descend on the airport for half-term getaways.

The airport suffered issues with its baggage system in Terminal 5 on Saturday morning, which is understood to have lasted for a few hours.

Some said they were told to put essential items in hand luggage instead as their bags “may not arrive” at their destination.

A Heathrow spokesperson told The Independent the issues “meant a small number of people who departed from Terminal 5 may have travelled without their luggage”.

Apologising for the disruption, they added: “We are working closely with British Airways to reunite passengers with their luggage as soon as possible.”

The issue was resolved at around 10.30am on Saturday – the day after schools in England and Wales broke up for half-term.

One man flying with British Airways said his luggage had not been delivered to his destination in a tweet on Saturday.

Others shared a message they had received from British Airways, warning them an issue with Heathrow’s system meant their bags “may not travel”.

Passengers were told to complete a form if their baggage was delayed and to keep receipts for essential items they would have to buy in the meantime.

“Been told to put essentials in hand luggage as bags may not arrive,” one woman who received a message from the airline tweeted. “Happy half term!”

Travellers also took to social media to complain about long queues as they embarked on half-term holidays, with one user saying they were “excessive”.

A British Airways spokesperson told The Independent: “For a few hours this morning, Heathrow Airport’s baggage system experienced an issue causing delays to some customers’ baggage departing on their flight.”

They added: “We are doing everything we can to get their baggage to them as quickly as possible.”

British Airways told The Independent customers travelling later in the day were contacted as a precaution.

Read More

UK ‘must do more than booster jabs’ to avert threat of Christmas lockdown – live

How cash reigns supreme at Barnsley Market - despite data showing UK use in free fall

Young Hong Kong nationals who fled police brutality ‘languishing’ in UK asylum system

Rail strikes to go ahead in Glasgow during Cop26, union says

Unions warn of ‘winter of chaos’ if action not taken to curb Covid case rise

Will we get a day off work when the Queen dies?

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting