- MANCHESTER AIRPORT ISSUES FESTIVE ADVICE TO PASSENGERS AHEAD OF BUSIEST CHRISTMAS IN 78 YEAR HISTORY, WITH MORE THAN 640,000 SET TO FLY OVER CHRISTMAS PERIOD
- GUIDELINES TO TACKLE SECURITY DELAYS CAUSED BY âUNPREPARED PASSENGERSâ
- COATS, HATS, SCARVES, WRAPPED PRESENTS AND EVEN CRANBERRY SAUCE AND SNOW GLOBES ALL CAUSE POTENTIAL PROBLEMS FOR AIRPORTS
Manchester Airport has issued some festive advice to passengers, ahead of what is predicted to be its busiest Christmas ever, with an increase in passengers starting this week.
During the peak Christmas travel period, from Friday 23rd December to Monday 2nd January, 640,125 passengers will be travelling through Manchester Airport, a 22% increase year-on-year.
The busiest individual days over Christmas will be 23rd and 30th December, plus 2nd January, as people jet away on holiday and fly home for Christmas.
As temperatures plummet, thick winter coats along with hats, scarves and gloves are essentials to beat the cold outdoor weather. However, at the UKâs third largest airport, passengers are being asked to remove them once inside the terminal before the security check point â to help speed up security queues and reduce waiting times.
Manchester Airport calculations show that on average, an unprepared passenger who has to the unzip zips, undo buttons, take off hats, gloves and untie a scarf at the metal detector, rather than in the queue, add over a minute per person to the security processing time. This doesnât sound much but multiply it by thousands of passengers and it soon adds up.
The airport is also asking passengers to take careful consideration about what they put in their hand-luggage before they get to the airport to avoid Christmas presents being confiscated.
Many popular stocking fillers actually breach security regulations, typically because they contain liquids, and passengers may be asked to leave items behind if they are not compliant.
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Christmas is also when airport security officers have to confiscate more items from hand luggage than at any other time of the year because passengers try to carry items that they do not know are prohibited.
Items confiscated are often Christmas presents intended for family and friends. Manchester Airport is urging passengers to carefully consider what they are packing and into which bag â or face having to throw them away.
Most confiscated items include perfume, aftershave, make-up and bottles of champagne, which are prohibited under the liquid restrictions rule.
More unusual items that are not allowed in hand luggage include cranberry sauce, brandy butter and snow globes; all of which must be checked into the hold. This is because the usual rules apply about not having liquids in your hand luggage more than 100ml each, and in a clear re-sealable bag.
Christmas crackers are also an area of confusion. For the vast majority of airlines, they are strictly prohibited from hand baggage, although some do allow one box per passenger to be carried in hand baggage. The decision is down to your individual airline, so please check with them before you fly.
Gift-wrapped presents also cause issues; because if a bag requires a full search, security officers have to unwrap the present to inspect what is concealed beneath the festive wrapping paper.
Andrew Proudlove, Head of Security at Manchester Airport, said: âWinter weather fashion has a surprisingly big impact on airport security, slowing down the screening process and causing avoidable extra waiting times, which is why we are issuing this advice.
- Our advice is to take off your coats, extra layers, big boots, scarves and hats when you are in the security queue itself so you can put it straight in the tray for screening.
- When it comes to what you can and canât pack in your hand luggage, the rules are exactly the same at Christmas as they are for the rest of the year.
- However, at this festive time of year passengers often travel with gifts of more unusual items, which unwittingly do not comply with the rules. If in doubt, check with your airline first and put it in your suitcase for the hold, rather than your hand luggage.
- Safety and security is always our number one priority, so to help passengers avoid having Christmas treats confiscated and to prevent queues, weâre just reiterating how everyone can help us to help them.
- We dislike queues just as much as anyone else â and we certainly donât want to ruin anyoneâs Christmas by confiscating prohibited gifts.
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