Chaos at Heathrow as mountains of suitcases pile up at Terminal 4 and passengers scramble in vain to find their belongings “due to backlogs at passport control”.
Thousands of unclaimed suitcases are piling up in Heathrow’s Terminal 4 – forcing passengers to walk around in vain to find their belongings.
Pictures from the baggage claim hall showed countless pieces of luggage lying around with their owners nowhere to be seen.
And the footage shows the huge queue of suitcases left behind by baggage handlers.
As the school summer holidays ended, Brits landing at the busy airport spent part of their morning frantically searching for their bags.
A Heathrow spokeswoman told MailOnline that long queues at Border Force were preventing passengers from collecting their luggage from the conveyor belts, leading to a build-up of luggage.
Thousands of suitcases are piled up in a baggage hall in Heathrow’s Terminal 4
Pictured is unclaimed luggage piled up by staff in Heathrow’s Terminal 4
Passengers were forced to frantically search through the huge pile of luggage in Terminal 4
It came as chaos broke out across Britain’s airports on Wednesday after suspected terrorist Daniel Khalife escaped from HMP Wandsworth, sparking a nationwide manhunt.
Disgruntled passengers had to stand in long queues at Heathrow while police officers checked everyone’s IDs to track down the fugitive.
Last week holidaymakers faced further disruption after a “technical glitch” reported by Britain’s National Air Traffic Service led to flights being canceled over the August bank holiday weekend.
On Bank Holiday Monday – one of the busiest days of the year for airports – around 790 departures and 785 arrivals were canceled across all UK airports, with around 300 more added the next day.
This disrupted the travel plans of more than 200,000 people.
Passengers were warned it could take up to ten days to return home, costing thousands of pounds for emergency accommodation.
Others had to sleep on makeshift beds on the airport floor as food supplies were low and some ran out of medicine.
UK Border Force has been contacted by MailOnline for comment.