Chaos as Gatwick airport uses whiteboards after digital departure screens fail

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You have to get to the airport, deal with security, then hang around the overpriced shops and cafes while waiting for the gate information to pop up on a big electronic screen.

Gatwick airport was plunged into chaos today when staff were forced to use old-fashioned whiteboards to direct thousands of passengers towards flights.

He added that a "handful of people have missed their flights" as a result of the problem.

Whiteboards are being used to display flight information at Gatwick airport after an IT failure.

Gatwick Airport tweeted: "We are sorry, but due to an IT issue our flight information is not displaying correctly".

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Naturally people have taken to social media to express their grievances, including the "tiny" whiteboard being the only source of information.

She told the Press Association: "Each flight was written down, flight number, time of departure, time of when boarding would be announced and eventually the gate number".

"Thank goodness I have eagle-vision and can read messy writing from a distance", she said.

"Gatwick would like to apologise to any passengers affected and expects Vodafone to resolve the issue as quickly as possible". "We are keeping Gatwick Airport constantly informed of progress". Airport officials tweeted Monday that they are working to fix the problem. "Customers are advised to check our website and apps for the latest information".