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Gatwick baggage issues affected 'too many passengers'

Gatwick said it was "disappointed that recent baggage issues have affected too many passengers", adding:

We have established service standards for our own staff, as well as for ground handling agents, who supply services to airlines such as unloading baggage from aircraft and delivering them to the baggage hall. Recently, Swissport has failed to meet these standards. Although bags are being delivered on time for 95% of flights, this is not good enough. This has been frustrating for passengers and we are disappointed with the recent arrival baggage service. Swissport has committed to getting this right, and we are working closely with them to help. Gatwick is providing additional staff.

– Gatwick Airport

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Gatwick to bring in own staff to help with luggage crisis

Gatwick Airport is bringing in its own staff to help with the luggage crisis amid fears there could be further travel chaos this weekend.

Passengers walking through Gatwick Airport
Passengers walking through Gatwick Airport Credit: PA

Staff shortages affecting baggage-handling company Swissport led to some passengers at the West Sussex airport having to fly abroad without their luggage last weekend. Others ran into long delays in reclaiming bags having flown back to Gatwick.

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Long delays after crash on the Marylebone Flyover

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Binge drinkers face new sobriety tag

Binge drinkers in four London boroughs could soon been given sobriety ankle tags if they continue to commit offences while under the influence of alcohol.

The pilot, in Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark and Sutton, is the first of its kind and will be used to monitor the alcohol consumption of offenders.

If their behaviour persists they will be brought back before the courts.

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