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Manchester Airport warns of passenger delays as passport control e-gates fail

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Manchester Airport has warned passengers they may face 'longer waiting times' after passport control e-gates went down at all UK airports.

The issue, according to the Home Office, is affecting holidaymakers flying back into airports from abroad. It will mean all passengers will have to pass through manned passport control desks at immigration.

The computer system controlling electronic passport control gates is understood to have gone down nationally late last night and into the early hours of this morning. READ MORE: Join the FREE Manchester Evening News WhatsApp community The Home Office, which is responsible for border control, said it was working to correct the problem. "We are aware of a nationwide border system issue affecting arrivals into the UK," the Home Office said, reports the Mirror. "We are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and are liaising with port operators and airlines to minimise disruption for travellers." Holidaymakers, meanwhile, have been sharing images of long queues.

In a series of tweets, the first in the early hours of Saturday, Manchester Airport said: "UK Border Force is currently experiencing an outage affecting its e-gates.

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