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Huge queues at Manchester airport

Big queues at Manchester Credit: @EmBombIbiza via MEN SYNDICATON

Passengers waiting to go on holiday at Manchester airport were seen queueing out of the terminal doors and through the car park early on Friday morning.Security measures have been increased at airports across the UK this week after a terror warning from the United States authorities.

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Queues out the door at Manchester airport

Manchester queues Credit: @iandoublem

Holidaymakers were forced to queue OUTSIDE Manchester Airportearly today as they waited to clear security.

It comes as airports were told to beef up security on US flights amid warnings that two terror networks were reportedly working on a bomb that could that could evade existing measures.

Manchester Airport said the queues were unrelated to any security changes and were due to the busy summer holiday season.

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Holidaymakers taught about dangers of sunburn at Manchester airport

A skin analysis machine has been set up to help educate young people about the damage sunburn can do to the skin and the steps that can be taken to avoid burning and over exposure to UV light. It also highlights that it is the damage done to skin when young.

Shunburn is Teenage Cancer Trust's annual sun safety campaign predominately aimed at 13-24 year olds. It educates young people about the damage sunburn can do to the skin and the steps that can be taken to avoid burning and over exposure to UV light.

Sniffer dog finds huge heroin haul at Manchester Airport

Suspicious consignment of hand-made knotted carpets found at Manchester Airport. Credit: Border Force.

A sniffer dog at Manchester Airport helped Border Force officers find at least 50 kilos of heroin, worth about £5m, hidden inside a shipment of carpets.

The seizure was made In April when officers became suspicious of a 46-piece consignment of hand-made knotted carpets that had arrived from Peshawar in Pakistan via Abu Dhabi.

A detector dog alerted its handler to one of the carpets and further examination revealed a "highly sophisticated" concealment where the drug was woven into the fabric of the carpet, a Border Force spokesman said.

The concealment was described as "highly sophisticated". Credit: Border Force.

It is thought that the total value of the drugs could run into millions of pounds.

Two people were arrested on suspicion of drug importation offences at a business address in London on April 29.

The pair were interviewed by NCA investigators and released on bail pending further enquiries.

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Manchester Airport welcomes 21 million passengers for first time in six years

Dr Rachel Brown with Martin Friend, of Singapore Airlines, and Manchester Airport's Nicola McMullen. Credit: Manchester Airport Group.

Manchester Airport, the UK’s third busiest airport, has hit the 21 million passenger mark for the first time since 2008.

The 21-millionth passenger was Singapore Airlines’ customer Dr Rachel Brown, from Warrington, who received several prizes when she arrived for her flight to Asia.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to be Manchester Airport’s 21 millionth passenger and what an incredible start to my trip.”

Dr Brown was treated to an upgrade to business class and lounge access within an exclusively sectioned off area.

Busy times at Manchester Airport. Credit: PA

Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer of Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said: “Manchester airport is the Northern Gateway, providing global connectivity through our unrivalled network of short and long haul destinations.

"We continue to grow thanks to the strength of our catchment, the support of our airline partners and the continued hard work and dedication of all MAG colleagues.”

Over 9.3m passengers set to use the airport over the coming months as the busy summer season gets under way.

Air traffic controllers at work in Manchester Airport's tower. Credit: PA

Convicted sex offender given job at Manchester Airport

James Burns Credit: MEN Syndication

A convicted sex offender was given a job at Manchester Airport frisking passengers - despite facing fresh allegations of abusing a teenage boy.

The Manchester Evening News reports James Burns, 56, was employed as an aviation security officer and passed a criminal record and counter terrorism check.

The checks failed to highlight his convictions for historic sex assaults because the Police National Computer at that time did not include all offences from the 70s and 80s.

The newspaper reports Burns, from Bolton, was suspended on full pay despite this week being given a nine month sentence suspended for two years, a 12-month supervision order, made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order, and placed on the sexual offenders register for ten years.

Record numbers expected at Manchester Airport

With thousands heading off to the sun this weekend, Manchester Airport is preparing for what could be its busiest Easter ever.

Arrivals and departures are expected to exceed 200 thousand.

And 68 new security staff have been taken on just for the holiday period.

Spokeswoman Tricia Williams said people should allow plenty of time for checking in and boarding.

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