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Chris Bryant

Flying Was Already Hellish. Now It’s Worse.

Cancellations, missing luggage and labor shortages: taking a flight post-pandemic is grim.

Travel hell.

Travel hell.

Photographer: Bloomberg/Bloomberg

Brits hoping to fly away for the school holidays after two years of pandemic restrictions are instead visiting various circles of hell: cancelled flights, interminable check-in queues and lost luggage. Flying was aggravating before the pandemic: Now it’s worse.

Teething troubles were inevitable when travel restarted. Airports were turned into ghost towns by the pandemic, entire terminals were mothballed and airlines provided only a skeleton service, resulting in billions of pounds of industry losses.