UK airport strikes begin

UK airport strikes beginStrikes have today (June 30th) kicked off at British airports as some members of the UK Border Agency refuse to come into work.

These employees are striking over plans by the coalition government to make them work for longer and pay more into their pensions.

People boarding flights at many UK airports should not be affected, BAA stated, as they are often greeted by security staff, rather than dealt with by passport control and customs officers.

Rather, individuals who have landed at British travel hubs are likely to face long delays once inside the terminal.

The Public and Commercial Services-organised walkouts also include teachers, job centre workers and other civil and public sector employees.

Heathrow Airport posted on its website that arriving passengers "are likely to experience a longer wait time at passport control. We are working with UK Border Agency to minimise delays to passengers and flights".

Meanwhile, Newcastle Airport said contingency plans had been put in place to reduce disruptions and Luton Airport advised travellers to have their passports ready and out of any wallets to speed up proceedings.

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