The Independent - Holly Evans
Hundreds of holidaymakers were forced to queue for hours as e-gate passport control gates stopped working in airports across the country.
Families with children and elderly passengers faced lengthy wait times overnight, with reportedly limited staff on shift at Gatwick and Luton to assist with the situation.
A London Gatwick spokesperson later confirmed that it was part of a planned “routine maintance across all airports”.
A Luton airport spokesperson said: “We are aware that some passengers experienced longer than usual wait times at immigration in the early hours of this morning whilst national maintenance work took place on the e-gates which are operated by Border Force.