Britons face airport delays due to new EU security rules

The Government has been urged to pressure EU states to adequately staff their airports as British travellers face more delays due to new security measures.

Passengers have queued for up to four hours at airports this week, with some EU states criticised for not bringing in extra staff.

The new rules have been introduced following terror attacks in Paris and Brussels.

EU countries have to carry out tougher checks on passengers entering or leaving the Schengen area, which covers most of mainland Europe and lets people move passport-free.

Travellers’ details now have to be run through databases to see if they pose a threat.

Because the UK is not part of Schengen it means people flying between Britain and many European countries – including countries such as France, Spain, Greece and Italy – will be subject to the longer checks.

Airlines UK, an industry body representing UK-registered carriers, said it had warned the Department for Transport about the problem in May, although they were told by ministers the issue had eased.

Tim Alderslade, the body’s chief executive, said: “It is now up to the UK Government to work with industry to use whatever influence it can within the EU to persuade Schengen member states to resource their border operations properly.”

Airlines For Europe, a group which represents carriers including easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways’ parent company IAG, claimed some passengers had missed flights due to the delays.

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Source: Sky News