Heathrow airport boss blames women packing too much make-up as reason for queues

Horror delays at Heathrow are being partly caused by passengers taking too much make-up and feigning mobility issues, the airport’s boss has claimed.

In recent months, Heathrow passengers have faced winding queues, last-minute cancellations, and mountains of lost baggage.

To stem the chaos, the airport recently introduced a daily cap of 100,000 visitors and asked airlines to stop selling new tickets for August flights.

However, Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye today insisted that the summer getaway has “started well.”

Speaking on ‘Leading Britain’s Conversation’ radio station, he claimed that airport security numbers matched pre-pandemic levels – but that passengers are “travelling with more than they usually would.”

“They have got more bags, and more liquids in their bags so that takes a little bit longer,” he said.

“A lot of people are put off from checking in all of their make-up for example because they are worried about whether their bag will make the journey with them.

“People tend not to think of makeup as being prohibited from travel, so there’s a lot of education that we need to do with people.”

Since it tends to be women carrying make-up, it is assumed his comments are directed at female travellers.

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Heathrow’s flight cap – imposed in order to “protect holidays” – was slammed by airports like Emirates, which initially refused to comply.

On Monday, Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary accused the airport of being unable to run “a p***-up in its own brewery.”

However, the airport has hit back, blaming airlines for failing to hire enough ground staff.

“Ground handlers are the backbone of what you think of as being the airport, but they are employed by the airlines,” Mr Holland Kaye said.

“They did a very good job through until the

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Qatar Air chief says home-working ‘epidemic’ fuels travel chaos

FARNBOROUGH, England (Reuters) – The head of Qatar Airways on Monday said an “epidemic” of home working has contributed to staff shortages that are being widely blamed for travel disruption in Europe this summer.

The aviation sector is struggling to secure staff needed to cope with a post-pandemic surge in air travel, prompting London’s Heathrow Airport to impose curbs on capacity to avoid delays, in a move that led to a public spat with Dubai’s Emirates.

Speaking to reporters at the Farnborough Airshow, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker declined to comment directly on Heathrow, where he is on the board of directors. The Qatar Investment Authority owns 20% of Britain’s busiest hub.

“We face the same problem in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany,” he said.

“So it is actually an epidemic in our industry. This all happened because people learned to get easy money from working out of their homes, and fewer people now want to come and do the jobs that they were doing,” Al Baker said.

“This has all brought a huge impact on airports, right across Europe, and of course Heathrow is is one of the larger hubs in Europe.”

Unions in Britain have accused airlines and airports of using the opportunity of the pandemic to cut jobs and pay. Airlines and airports meanwhile accuse each other of failing to prepare adequately for a post-pandemic surge in travel demand.

According to recent data, there are 400,000 fewer workers in Britain than at the start of the pandemic.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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