Source: Daily Express
Rage as Brits stuck in airport queue for 3h – EU travellers ‘given looks that could kill’
[Having visited Spain in May I can only report being treated with kindness and needing almost no queuing. But that’s not the Daily Express’s perspective. Nor that of the Daily Mail. – Martin]
BRITONS have taken to social media to share their frustration as they are forced to queue for hours at EU airports while other passengers fly through arrivals.
British tourists had to wait up to three hours to get through passport control in countries like Spain, as e-gates are no longer available for Britons after Brexit.
British passengers have to get their passports inspected manually and stamped by police upon arrival.
Long queues have been seen at airports such as Majorca, Alicante and Malaga.
This is while passengers from the EU get “preferential treatment” with an “EU fast lane” and using e-gates, according to social media users who shared their experience.
Passengers also shared pictures of Malaga Airport on social media, where two separate passport queues can be spotted.
Rage after Britons stuck in airport queue for 3h while EU travellers get preferential treatment (Image: Getty)
Long queues have been seen at airports such as Majorca, Alicante and Malaga. (Image: Getty)
One is sealed off with black tape and a union jack flag labelled for “all passengers”.
The other queue, enclosed with green tape, has an Irish tricolour and EU flag and is labelled for “EU citizens”.
One British passenger explained: “Four hours queue in Malaga airport for non-EU passport holders, meanwhile everyone else walking on.”
Another one said: “We had a three-hour wait at Palma airport, with a very tired four-year-old in tow.
“‘Other passports’ no line.”
EU passport holders said on social media they got “looks that could kill” as they “sail through” while others queue.
A Twitter user explained: “Massive queues for non-EU passport control at Malaga Airport yesterday morning.
EU passport holders said on social media they got “looks that could kill”. (Image: Getty)
“In less than a minute, we Irish passport holders were waived through with a smile.
“If looks could kill!”
Some pointed out that the best way to avoid this is by not visiting these countries.
User Sharon Gregory commented: “Easy solution….don’t visit Spain!”
“Boycott European countries and head to Australia USA Mexico etc,” said Xiao Ric.
Another one, Joanne Louise, explained: “Having been fortunate to visit Spanish territories twice recently, yes, we have to wait in long queues and our European cousins do not but that is what you get with Brexit.
“As for rudeness and dirty looks, not really.”
Paul Cosh added: “Let’s face it, the majority of EU countries will make it as difficult as they can for us because we voted out.”
Our experience on this is slightly different to yours.
We queued up for at least an hour at Hamburg airport last October and about two hours at Lisbon in May. This was our first trip to Lisbon and unable to comment about it although the EU line seemed to move much faster. As to the first, I have travelled to Germany at least two or three times a year and the October wait was perhaps the longest I can remember in 30 years. The EU line hardly had anyone queuing up.
Waiting in a queue much longer than before is not a big deal but having property in the EU and the tax implications is something that can only be described as a nightmare. Not surprising people are paying huge sums of money to get EU passports.
Not a great fun of the Daily Express but on this occasion they may have hit the nail on its head.
On another note, I called a little late yesterday evening but couldn’t reach you. Would you be able to speak at 11am?
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