PASSENGERS were forced to wait in huge queues as early as 4:30am this morning at Bristol Airport.

It comes after holidaymakers were delayed for more than an hour yesterday morning after a technical issue caused problems with the boarding pass gates.

Fuming passengers called it an "absolute disgrace" after they had already queued for an hour at security.

Similar scenes have been spotted this morning, as huge queues built up as early as 4:30am.

However, while the queues stretched as far as the car park, some passengers on social media said they managed to get through in just 35 minutes.

Yesterday, a Bristol Airport spokesperson said: "Our automatic gates that read boarding cards suffered an IT failure in the early morning – this was fixed by 4.30am but because this is a busy period, it did mean that queues quickly built up.

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"We’re sorry to all passengers affected this morning."

Sun Online Travel has contacted Bristol Airport for additional comment.

Long airport queues have become the norm for British travellers in recent months, caused by IT glitches and staff shortages.

Airports including Heathrow, Manchester and Stansted have seen some of the worst queues, with reports of five hour waits and lines stretching into the car parks.

Almost a million holidaymakers headed to the airport last weekend as the start of the summer holidays began.

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And it's not just long queues – airports staff shortages have also resulted in lost luggage due, with shocking images showing huge piles of abandoned baggage.

Brits have been warned travel luggage chaos could last months as even offers of £35 per hour for new baggage handlers have been ignored.

Strike actions are also causing huge problems for Brits.

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Ryanair cabin crew across Spain are set to strike for five months, while EasyJet staff are also planning a strike this week, from July 29 till July 31.

And British Airways pilots are threatening to walk out this summer, which could ground nearly all flights after a similar strike in 2019 caused chaos.

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