Of all the days to have issues with its baggage system, the bank holiday Friday is not the best day for Gatwick...
But unfortunately the London airport was having some troubles this morning and warned passengers that some will be flying without their bags.
Gatwick has now said the problem has been rectified and the airport is "recovering from this morning's disruption".
A Gatwick spokesperson said: “Gatwick would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to passengers whose aircraft departed without their bag. The airport is working closely with our airlines to forward all bags to passengers at the earliest opportunity.
“Arrivals, and those travelling with carry-on baggage only, were unaffected by this issue and all bags and passengers were security screened as normal.”
1/2 We'd like to apologise for the disruption at the airport this morning, due to an issue with our baggage system.— Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport) May 26, 2017
2/2 To ensure that everyone gets away on time some flights are departing without all bags and these will be sent on as soon as possible.— Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport) May 26, 2017
The fault was with the conveyer belt system that sorts bags before they arrive at the aircraft, so they were having to be processed manually. Not ideal. It affected both the North and South terminals.
It's not yet clear how many passengers were affected, but Gatwick has apologised for queues at check-in too.
We'd like to apologise if you're delayed at check-in. This is due to an issue with our baggage system. We're working to urgently resolve it.— Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport) May 26, 2017
Sig Watkins (@sigwatkins) May 26, 2017