I'm not sure if this is allowed but I have to say that Hurghada airport departures is a complete shambles and I have never been to an airport where people are treated with such contempt by the staff working there.
Arrivals - When you enter the airport a Thompsons rep was herding everyone that he could to a queue where people are charged £25 per person to enter the Country. However, if you go the Bank on the right hand side, the charge is only £17 per person. The Thompson rep was really getting ANNOYED that people were going over to the bank and not going in his queue!!
Departures I understand the safety aspect but after going through 3 security checks - it took over 1 hour to go through the final security check before boarding the plane.
In this instance our flight to Gatwick was delayed but the Manchester flight was on time.
If they are going to pull over 100 people for a bag check and try and get everyone on the plane in a timely manner - they need more than 2 people checking the bags.
What made it worse was that there 4 men in suits running round shouting that the Manchester flight was waiting to take off but the 2 people doing the checks couldn't go any faster if they had to complete the checks properly.
Then the men in suits would say is there anyone waiting to board the Manchester flight. Lots of people put their hands up but nothing was done about moving them to the front of the queue.
Everyone in the queue was getting agitated especially the people waiting to get on the Manchester flight and I think these men in the suits made the situation worse keep shouting and running round. Not sure what they were hoping to achieve apart from causing panic.
I heard someone ask a Thomspon Rep about the situation and he said gloatingly "It's your government that have requested these checks"
That may be so but that wasn't the issue - it was the complete lack of organisation prior to boarding the plane, which is down to the Management at the airport and not the British Government.
I loved the hotel that we stayed in (3rd time there) but this has really put my husband and I off going to Hurghada again. After having a relaxing week away, all the piss and panic at the airport didnt leave a very good lasting impression for us.