Airport disruption without evidence predicted by World Economic Forum

A Facebook post claims ‘there are no staff or bag issues with the flights’ and that the current problems at airports are ‘on purpose’.

There is no evidence that this is true, and numerous reports confirm that the ongoing disruptions are due to widespread staffing problems and problems with air traffic control and baggage handling.

The post also claims that “we are in the pocket of the WEF [World Economic Forum]“, appearing to accuse the organization of having deliberately caused the disturbance.

We have written about false allegations implicating the WEF in various alleged plots to disrupt or control the population on several occasions. The WEF is an international non-governmental lobbying organization. There is no evidence that he was involved in the airport disruptions.

Glitches and staff shortages causing disruption at airports

As we recently wrote, there is no evidence that the problems with cancellations, delays and baggage at airports were planned.

Lack of preparedness in the wake of Covid-19 has been one of the main reasons given for problems in the aviation industry, causing staff shortages in the UK and abroad, airlines and airports being unable to meet demand as restrictions on international travel are lifted.

Many airlines have laid off staff during the pandemic and struggled to recruit and process new employees through stringent industry background check processes in time for the influx of summer bookings.

Speaking at a recent FT Global Boardroom conference, Heathrow Airport Managing Director John Holland-Kaye said that “demand has returned. . . much faster than the industry’s ability to grow.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in May that clearance times for applicants had more than tripled to three months.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps dismissed claims from airline bosses that security checks are leading to staff shortages, saying: “I also understand the resource constraints on the aviation sector, but this is not don’t excuse poor planning and overbooking of flights they can’t service.”

Some airline bosses, including the CEOs of Ryanair and Easyjet, have blamed Brexit for the staff shortage issues affecting their businesses.

Several recent technical issues have also been reported, including air traffic control problems at Gatwick, followed by similar problems at a number of airports in the south east, including Heathrow.

These technical issues have also affected baggage systems at Heathrow, causing 10 per cent of flights to be canceled on June 20, with photos of thousands of bags stacked up appearing online.

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