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Heathrow baggage chaos at Terminal 5

Heathrow's Terminal 5 has had problems with baggage Credit: PA/File picture

Thousands of British Airways passengers have been forced to fly without their bags.

Problems with the baggage system in Heathrow's Terminal 5 has caused chaos.

In a statement Heathtrow said: "We experienced intermittent issues with the Terminal 5 baggage system between 26 and 29 June which caused some bags to be processed manually.

"Passengers can now check-in bags as normal.

"Manual processing led to some bags not making flights in time.

"While passengers are receiving bags all the time it will take several days to reunite all passengers with their bags.

"We are very sorry for the disruption passengers have experienced and we are working round the clock with airlines to reunite passengers with their bags as quickly as possible."

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A look inside the famous Q121 Tunnel

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A crowd of people listening to proceedings on loudspeaker outside the meeting about Manston Airport's future
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Union seeks 'clarification' over potential airport closure

The Unite union has responded to an announcement from the managers of Manston Airport in Kent that the site could close. Union officials said they were seeking clarification about the airport's future. A 45-day period of consultation has begun.

“The news has just broken and I am seeking clarification from the management about the airport’s future. Until I have had that conversation, it would not be appropriate to comment at length.

“Unite is the major union at the airport and represents employees, such as the fire service and the baggage handlers. Unite will do everything possible to safeguard the interests of our members in the days and weeks ahead.

“Any loss of employment would be a hard blow for the local economy.”

– Ian McCoulough, Unite regional officer
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First female flier to win scholarship begins training

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The scheme also helps to keep the tradition of flying alive at the birthplace of British aviation.

Farnborough was the site of of the first ever powered flight in Britain. ITV Meridian's Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

"It's a lot of hard work, but I'm willing to take it on..." says first female to win pilot training scholarship at Farnborough

Miriam Pratap says she welcomes the challenge of learning to fly at Farnborough

The first woman has joined a scheme that allows young people to learn how to fly at the British home of aviation in Farnborough.

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Some of the pilot training takes place in a flight simulator
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