THOUSANDS of Brits have been stuck in huge airport queues in recent days, with many waiting hours and even missing their flights.

But a security expert has explained how you can tell if your queue is going to be slow – so you know to pick the other one.

They explained that you never want to see two security officers at an x-ray machine as that means it'll take longer.

They said: "Often if there is more than one security office at an x-ray machine, there's a chance that one of the employees is a trainee.

"So you could be risking a line that goes a little slower."

A travel expert also shared some tips on how to pick the right queue to get through airport security as quickly as possible.

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Nora Dunn shared a two-fold hack to help passengers sail through security and get into duty free.

She wrote on Quora: "The magic to clearing airport security is in being in the right line-up.

"Look at the people in line and choose the line with the most business travellers. These people have airport security clearance down to a fine art."

Her second tip was to avoid any queue that has families with young children in as, unsurprisingly, they'll be the slowest groups.

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She wrote: "If you don't see a line-up with business travellers, then at least avoid – at all costs – line-ups with families (especially families with small children).

"They are notoriously, and understandably, slow in sorting their belongings to go through the x-ray machines."

Other travel experts revealed that going left at airport security checks could mean you get through faster.

They said we subconsciously pick which side to line up on depending on our dominant hand, and considering the majority of people are right-handed, the lines on the right will be busier than those on the left.

Families attempting to get away for the Easter break have been stuck in queues after days of problems cause mayhem for holidaymakers.

And long queues and delays could continue for months as a result of Covid staff shortages and a slow return to recruitment.

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Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said they are even debating drafting in police and fire service to tackle the chaos, telling the BBC: "I have been in touch with colleagues at Greater Manchester Police at the weekend to see what we can do to support the airport."

Some airline industry figures have blamed the government for the staff shortages, because the security vetting process is taking several weeks longer than usual.

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