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Live updates: Video shows huge queue at Birmingham Airport after reports of medical emergency

There were reports of huge queues at Birmingham Airport on Wednesday morning June 1, with passengers claiming a ‘medical emergency’ was causing delays at security. Video footage showed hundreds of passengers lined up around the airport earlier today as thousands more travelers passed through the busy terminal ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

Airline arrivals at BHX described ‘chaos’ in the baggage claim hall this week, with waits of up to three hours for baggage on Monday morning and some passengers reportedly being told to ‘go home’ without their luggage.

Photographs shared by holidaymakers showed heaps of ‘abandoned’ bags in the baggage hall and passengers sitting on a baggage carousel and sleeping on the floor waiting for their belongings to be removed from planes.

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This morning, travelers posted on social media of ‘extremely long queues’ through security and a ‘medical emergency’ compounding the delays. One passenger wrote: “Great job keeping the queue moving this morning during a difficult medical emergency. Would have been in 35 minutes but just under an hour. Understandable given the circumstances.”

One holidaymaker said: ‘Extremely long queue for security but very friendly and efficient staff. Calling people for flights leaving soon. By 1 p.m., queues had dropped significantly, with one passenger reporting a 20-minute ride from the taxi depot to the departures lounge.

BHX is expecting one of its busiest weeks since the pandemic began as thousands are expected to fly out for the Queen’s Jubilee weekend. The city’s airport is expected to reach near pre-Covid passenger volumes over the four bank holiday period, with more than 147,000 people booked to fly to and from the hub.

It follows a tough few months for the airport since travel restrictions were lifted in March, with holidaymakers reporting long lines at security and crowded check-in halls at peak times. Birmingham Airport has lost 43% of its workforce to layoffs during the pandemic and has struggled to recruit new staff quickly enough to cope with the recent surge in demand.

Many departing travelers have reported much faster travel through the airport in recent days, although some TUI passengers from Birmingham have faced flight cancellations in a blow to travel plans at the beginning of the mid-term break.

BirminghamLive has approached Birmingham Airport for comment. This is a live blog and updates will be posted below.