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Longest waits at airport security in Britain revealed – how does yours compare?

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THE longest waits at airport security in Britain have been revealed – how does yours compare?

Consumer group Which? conducted a study by surveying 1,300 travellers between February and August to find out the average processing times.

Leeds Bradford Airport was found to have the longest wait times, averaging over an hour for a quarter of responders

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Leeds Bradford Airport was found to have the longest wait times, averaging over an hour for a quarter of respondersCredit: Alamy
An average wait time at Edinburgh was reported to be 16 minutes

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An average wait time at Edinburgh was reported to be 16 minutesCredit: Andrew Barr
London City Airport was the most efficient with an average processing time of 12 minutes

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London City Airport was the most efficient with an average processing time of 12 minutesCredit: Alamy
It took travellers leaving from Luton Airport an average of 19 minutes

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It took travellers leaving from Luton Airport an average of 19 minutesCredit: Paul Edwards

It found Leeds Bradford Airport has the longest queues of any airport in Britain, the Daily Telegraph reported.

A quarter of participants waited more than an hour to get through to their gate.

Lengthy wait times of more than 60 minutes were also experienced by 17 per cent of respondents at Bristol, 11 per cent at Birmingham and eight per cent in Manchester.

About 30 per cent of passengers faced queues at the Yorkshire airport for at least an hour.

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London City Airport proved to be the most efficient with an average processing time of 12 minutes, with half of travellers reporting a wait time of between five and 10 minutes.

The results found wait times had tripled across all locations since the last study conducted by Which?, averaging 10.6 minutes pre-Covid.

About seven per cent of those surveyed missed a flight because
they were waiting to be processed by security.

Guy Hobbs, of Which? Travel, said: “Your choice of airport shouldn’t make or break your holiday – but for too many travellers this year, that has been the case.

“We would recommend choosing an airport with a better record on
queues and treatment of passengers, even if that involves travelling slightly further from home.”

Leeds Bradford defended their top ranking, saying high numbers of travellers resulted in longer wait times.

A spokesman for Leeds Bradford said: “Earlier this year, like many airports across the UK, we had periods of long queueing due to the rapid resumption of international travel after the lifting of pandemic restrictions.

“We were transparent about these difficulties at the time and worked hard to address those short-term issues.

Estimated time you may stand in line

London City 12 (minutes)
Belfast City 13
Glasgow International l 13
Newcastle 15
London
Gatwick 16
Edinburgh 16
London Stansted 18
Belfast Int’l 18
London Luton 19
London Heathrow 20
Manchester 24
Birmingham 24
Bristol 30
Leeds Bradford 35

“We have since significantly reduced queueing in our terminal.”

Earlier this year, huge queues formed at Bristol Airport from 4.30am as worried passengers arrived too early – but were still getting through in just 35 minutes.

Holidaymakers were eager to make sure they didn’t miss there flights after some travellers were delayed for more than an hour after a technical issue caused problems with the boarding pass gates.

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