A technical malfunction and staff shortages at London Heathrow Airport caused a massive luggage pile up over the weekend of June 17-19 2022.
A Heathrow spokesperson confirmed the technical issues have since been resolved. On June 20 the airport reportedly asked airlines to cut 10% of their flights at Heathrow to account for baggage handler shortages.
The massive pile up is as a result of when Airports and airlines got rid of many workers during Covid-19 pandemic. Also, when the travel industry resumed they found they did not have enough workers to perform the tasks. Now they want to employ new people on minimum wage and zero hour contracts. Plus it takes sometime to get Airport security clearance. Purposely for those willing to work under the New Conditions and help clear the pile up.
Such a busy airport like London Heathrow should employed more sophisticated technology. Something like the logistics companies to help resolve the luggage pile up issues.
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Story by: Adjoa Goodfriday