A mountain of abandoned golf bags as Edinburgh Airport fails to cope with sports fans returning home from The Open

THOUSANDS of golf bags are left behind as understaffed airports can’t keep up with the number of sports-mad American vacationers.

Yesterday workers were sent to Scotland from across the UK to process luggage, piled floor to ceiling in warehouses and block terminals.

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Golf bags were piled up at Edinburgh AirportCredit: provided
Workers have been sent to Scotland to help process the bags

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Workers have been sent to Scotland to help process the bagsCredit: provided
Vast reserves have been filled with sports equipment

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Vast reserves have been filled with sports equipmentCredit: provided

Snaps sent to the Scottish Sun showed the mind-boggling amount of golf bags left at Edinburgh Airport.

Vast storerooms were filled with sports equipment – with similar scenes in Glasgow and at airports across Britain.

US-based holidaymakers – who flocked to Scotland for the British Open last weekend – were frustrated after being separated from their bags.

Edinburgh is just two and a half years’ drive from St Andrews, where a record 290,000 sports fans watched the 150th Open.

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The thrilling climax of the tournament saw Aussie Cam Smith edge ahead of British favorite Rory McIlroy and American Cameron Young to clinch the Claret Jug.

An insider said: ‘A lot of weary holidaymakers have gone home without their luggage.

“Their trips were ruined due to understaffing at Edinburgh and Glasgow airports.

“It’s a real mess, and the photos leaked to The Scottish Sun show the extent of the problem.

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“Staff are being recruited across the UK to try and resolve the backlog. It’s a little embarrassing. »

The footage emerged as shattered passengers were made to wait for hours on Scotland’s hottest day to collect their luggage at the capital’s airport.

Hundreds of crates were laid out in front of passengers who were forced to search for their own luggage as Swissport staff opened a temporary storage facility set up to deal with the backlog of crates.

And the chaotic baggage scenes were mirrored at UK airports.

At Heathrow, airport staff said ‘tens of thousands’ of bags had been ‘hidden’ to avoid being photographed after passengers were separated from their belongings due to an epic staff shortage .

Edinburgh Airport told the Scottish Sun that various handling agents were tasked with recruiting additional staff to clear the monster backlog.

An airport spokesperson said: “Although large amounts of baggage were anticipated, the volume of golf clubs requiring processing was much higher than anticipated. This caused a delay in the baggage system on Monday. and crews worked with handling agents to resolve the issue.

“Measures have been put in place to rectify the situation and although all bags have now been processed, unfortunately some items will be delayed in reaching their final destination.

“We are working with handling agents and airlines to help them repatriate baggage with their owners. We thank passengers for their patience during this difficult time for the entire aviation industry and apologize for any inconvenience caused. »

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Photos of the luggage pile, taken on Tuesday evening, are embarrassing for Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who said: “The Open Championship is a great opportunity to showcase Scotland as the home of golf on the stage. world.

“The event, which will welcome visitors from around the world to Scotland, will also have a hugely positive impact on our economy, our businesses and our tourism industry.”

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Michael C. Ford