Border Agency strike could cause delays at airports and ports

Visitors to the UK today, 30 November 2011, could experience disruption and delays due to border agency staff joining other public sector workers in strike action over pension reforms.

Ports and airports are set to be affected with Gatwick warning of ‘significant delays’ and Heathrow has contacted airlines requesting that they reduce load factors to alleviate pressure on border checks.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has said that it has robust plans in place to maintain the security of the border.

Tips to help avoid delays when passing through border control today:

  • Use e-Passport gates where available
  • Have travel documents, including passports, ready
  • Fully complete landing cards
  • Stay in family groups.