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BA Says 3,000 Hires Stuck in System as UK Travel Chaos Continues

British Airways aircraft taxi at London Heathrow Airport in London, UK, on June 13.

British Airways aircraft taxi at London Heathrow Airport in London, UK, on June 13.

Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

British Airways has around 3,000 potential recruits stuck in background checks that are taking up to four months, it said at a parliamentary hearing into the travel chaos gripping UK airlines and airports.

Appearing before the House of Commons transport committee Tuesday, executives from BA, EasyJet Plc and TUI AG provided details of staff shortages they say are to blame for the delays and cancellations. EasyJet said it has 140 crew trained and ready to go who don’t yet have the required airside passes.