SCOTLAND’S former First Minister Jack McConnell has taken a public swipe Edinburgh Airport groundstaff who delayed boarding of his flight – and branding them “idiots”.
In a series of barbed tweets, Lord McConnell – who held top political office for six years from 2001 – described being forced to wait on the runway for 20 minutes before boarding because of an airport blunder.
The ex-Scottish Labour leader was in no mood for hold ups and told his 6,300 Twitter followers: “Pathetic shambles at Edinburgh Airport. Who is running this airport?”
He later explained what was getting his goat.
“Sitting on Edinburgh Airport runway waiting 20 minutes plus because no-one can be bothered getting the steps. Is it April Fools Day? #idiots”
Airport chiefs apologised for the inconvenience was caused by a frenzied period of arrivals which left handling agent Menzies Aviation scrambling to keep up.
A spokesperson for Edinburgh Airport said: “We are aware of an issue this morning where four aircraft landed in very quick succession. Unfortunately this caused an operational delay with our handling agent Menzies Aviation who were unable to get steps to one the aircraft for roughly 20 minutes after landing.
“We apologise for any inconvenience this delay caused our passengers and are working with Menzies Aviation to prevent this happening again.”
Edinburgh Airport previously hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons when prudish managers covered up and then banned a large poster baring a nude image painted by Picasso.
The painting, Nude Woman in a Red Armchair, was quickly reinstalled following an outcry from art-lovers.