Woman collapses at Heathrow airport 'after waiting seven hours' as Covid checks create massive queues to get into the UK

A WOMAN collapsed at Heathrow airport "after waiting seven hours" as Covid checks have created massive queues to get into the UK.

The passenger was seen collapsed on the floor at the border control gate as a member of staff came to her aid.

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Footage posted online on Monday afternoon shows the collapsed woman being tended to by staff – as many more passengers wait to be cleared through the border.   

The person who recorded the ordeal claims the passenger had collapsed following a seven-hour wait for entry clearance.

This comes as aviation experts have warned that the closure of e-passport gates as well as Passenger Locator Forms and Covid test checks could result in chaos when travel abroad resumes.

Border Force are currently running through all the checks manually, including reading every traveller's mandatory form, confirming they have a negative test and making sure they've booked their hotel quarantine if required.

Lucy Moreton, from the Immigration Services Union, said: "If they don’t digitise the e-gates and they still require us to do 100 per cent checks, then yes the queues could potentially at busy times become even worse than they are now.

"Six or seven hours is not impossible."

CEO of Airlines UK Tim Alderslade added: "Manual checks are time-consuming and will become increasingly challenging as passenger numbers increase, as we hope they will. This is why a fully digitalised passenger locator form is the way to go."

In January, huge queues at the airport resulted in social distancing problems, with one passenger saying it was "horrific".

And passengers travelling through Heathrow airport may face even longer queues at passport control as Border Force staff have voted to go on strike.

The Public and Commercial Services Union, which represents Border Force staff, is to strike over the introduction of a fixed rota which means staff can no longer swap shifts with colleagues or request to work certain days.

The union balloted members, with 96 per cent of those who voted in favour of strike action. 

Heathrow Airport has been contacted by the Sun Online for a comment.


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