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Only flying with kids can hurt like this! Paloma Faith brands Gatwick Airport 'the worst EVER' in online rant over priority access for parents

  • The chart-topper posted a seething message to her 600,000 fans via Twitter 
  • She requested that people travelling with young children be given priority   
  • 8.9 million passengers passed through the capital's airport in August alone
  • Civil Aviation Authority recently branded Gatwick the best for security queues

Celebrities often seem to enjoy luxury, problem-free travel.

But singer Paloma Faith has publicly dispelled that myth – after confessing she suffers the exact same frustrations we do.

Specifically, the chart-topper, 36, took aim at London's Gatwick Airport, last week, when she branded them 'the worst that ever existed'.

Gripe: Paloma Faith, 36, bemoaned the busy transport hub to her 600,000 Twitter followers

Gripe: Paloma Faith, 36, bemoaned the busy transport hub to her 600,000 Twitter followers

Taking to Twitter where she boasts more than 600,000 followers, the eccentric performer didn't hold back with the 4am missive.

The barbed message garnered a handful of re-tweets and more than 390 shares, but seemed to be stemmed by the airport's fast-acting press team.

Just minutes after the post was shared, they responded: 'Oh Paloma, we're deeply saddened by this…is there anything we can do?'.

She replied: 'You can make it so people with children are in the fastest queue not the slowest one! And let us use our epassports… so many tired upset kids [sic]'.

However, not everybody was so supportive of her request. 

One follower posted: 'Why do people with children need priority? How on earth did I cope traveling alone are we now in a nanny state now'.

This saw Paloma hit back: 'Because the children cry and get tired and it's a nightmare for their parents nerves'.

Fast-acting: The airport's social media team quickly responded to the barbed public post 

Fast-acting: The airport's social media team quickly responded to the barbed public post 

Busy: A record 8.9 million passengers passed through the capital's hub in August alone

Busy: A record 8.9 million passengers passed through the capital's hub in August alone

Paloma – real name Paloma Faith Blomfield – became a mother for the first time in December 2016, when she welcomed her daughter with partner Leyman Lahcine.

Her recent tweet comes just weeks after hundreds of holidaymakers were left without their clothes and personal belongings after a luggage failure at Gatwick Airport.

A problem with the baggage system saw British tourists arrive at destinations throughout the world without essentials such as baby milk and medication.

The blunder affected several easyJet flights department from North Terminal on 19 and 20 August, with holidaymakers demanding compensation.

Many unhappy customers now stranded in a foreign country without vital belongings vented their fury on social media.  

That said, a recent survey by the Civil Aviation Authority said London Gatwick enjoyed the shortest security queues with 85 per cent of respondents saying they were satisfied with the process, which took five minutes or less. 

More than 20,000 people were quizzed about their experiences at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Manchester. 

MailOnline have contacted Gatwick Airport for comment, but are yet to receive a response. 

 

 

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