Passengers 'kick down barriers' at Malaga Airport in anger at long queues

Angry travellers shouted and reportedly kicked down barriers at Malaga Airport in anger at having to wait in long queues to be able to leave this weekend.

Video from the airport in Spain showed noisy scenes with crowds of frustrated people who could not leave the arrivals area.

It comes after at least three airports in England were hit by long queues due to immigration checks taking more time than usual due to the pandemic, with higher than average passenger numbers coming through.

People were said to have fainted at Heathrow and Manchester while waiting for their turn in line, while video also showed crowds at Luton with a woman claiming it was

British passengers were among those caught up in the chaos on Sunday night.

Angry Spaniards were filmed shouting ‘Fuera fuera’ (‘Get Out Get Out’ in English) amid reports they had knocked down barriers to leave the arrivals area.

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Witnesses claimed yesterday that some frustrated tourists had taken matters ‘into their own hands’ after being forced to wait ‘forever’ to be waived through by police and other officials checking passenger locator forms.

Jim Ramsden, a Brit who posted footage of the chaos on social media, said: ‘It was arrivals at 11.30pm and it was all nationalities who just got fed up standing in a queue that wasn’t moving.’

Mejulie Traynor, who was also in the queue, added: ‘I was there too but I behaved myself and queued for an hour.’

Another Brit caught up in the late-night chaos branded the scenes ‘crazy’.

The noise levels appeared to catch many of the Brits by surprise.

One was overheard muttering under his breath as he watched the passenger revolt: ‘They’ve given up waiting haven’t they? People are just going for it.

Several officials appeared to be trying to restore order by blowing their whistles amid the tourist surge at the airport, one of Spain’s busiest passenger airports at this time of the year.

There was no immediate comment from airport chiefs.

Malaga Airport, officially Malaga-Costa del Sol airport since June 2011, is the gateway to the popular sunshine getaway of the Costa del Sol which is also home to hundreds of thousands of British expats.

It is the fourth business airport in Spain after Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca.

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