Brexit news: A Brexiteer’s moan about a long queue at an EU airport went viral because it’s the ultimate self-own
A Brexiteer’s moan about a long queue at an EU airport went viral last month because it’s the ultimate self-own.
Following the financial crisis and the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, queues for air travel outside the US and UK were particularly long, the UK Border Agency confessed.
However, it has now emerged that queues for flights at airports outside the EU are considerably shorter than at home, where delays can take more than three hours.
An independent comparison website found that flights to and from Europe take less than an hour. This compares to queues of around three hours at Heathrow Airport in the UK.
Airport Wait times London Heathrow The CWB / Jordan Road
London Stansted The CWB / M/B Portobello Road
London Gatwick The CWB / Hemel Hempstead Road
UK Border Agency Wait times The CWB / M/B Wimbledon Avenue
The website warned that the figures are likely to underestimate delays at airports outside the EU.
“For most passengers, Europe is still the main destination in the EU, and connecting flights to other major EU destinations as well as connecting flights between destinations within the EU account for a large proportion of travel between the UK and Europe,” it said.
A note on the website said an independent study by the CWB found a two-hour average length of flight queues at UK airports – long enough to worry passengers – but that “an interim report by the UK Border Agency on its EU baggage seizure and electronic travel authorization system, ENLIST, found that the actual average wait time for some of the most common baggage heading to Europe was less than an hour”.
The report added that a smaller, briefer flight between Europe and the UK (within 60 minutes of take-off) was likely to result in more shorter queues.
The CWB also said it was studying whether to increase the length of the entry card for “highly sensitive” people from the European Economic Area (EEA), which includes most countries in the UK’s trading partners, including the EU.
But it said this would require unanimous agreement within the EU to transfer its part of the signed air passenger rights agreement (APR) to the UK.