UK: Stranded Air Passengers ‘Sleep On Baggage Belts’ After Snow and Ice Sparks Cancellations

Stranded air passengers have spoken of their frustration after they were left with “nowhere to go” as snow and ice sparked travel disruption across the UK.

Dozens of cancellations of Ryanair and Easyjet flights at Stansted Airport left 300 people waiting to rebook their flights, while others reported being stuck on planes for hours and having trouble getting their luggage back.Ryanair passengers seek information at Stansted PIC: Sophia Sleigh

 Lana Briggs, who had flown into Stansted from Dublin, told Sky News her aircraft was held on the runway for an hour and she was not told when her luggage would be unloaded.

She said: “People are talking about it turning into a riot if we don’t get more information. I’m sure it’s not going to happen but it does feel pretty devastating at the moment. It’s definitely tense.

“Mums and babies are on the floor.

Anxious passengers await news at Stansted. Pic: @sophia_sleigh

“There are families kipping on suitcase carriers and even on some of the baggage belts that aren’t working at the moment.

“All the local hotels are booked up.”

Maria Fotiadou, whose Ryanair trip to Greece was cancelled, said she had been told the next available flight was on 1 January.

“We don’t know if we’re going to be able to get a room in a hotel for free,” she said.

“Basically, nobody told us anything.”

Christy O’Leary said he had been left with “nowhere to go” after his Ryanair flight to Stockholm was cancelled.

“Unfortunately the managing director is actually a long-distance cousin of mine – Michael O’Leary. I’m ashamed of him,” he said.

Passengers wait for information at Stansted Airport. Pic: Sophia Sleigh

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