Boris Johnson threatens to 'privatise the a**e' off the Passport Office in bid to slash wait times causing holiday hell

BORIS Johnson has threatened to "privatise the a**e" off the Passport Office if it keeps causing holiday hell.

Jet-set Brits are forced to wait ages to renew their documents or pay through the nose to prioritise their application.

The PM told Cabinet he was "horrified" by the scale of the groaning backlog and will haul in bosses to bang heads together.

He even mooted putting the Passport Office on the market if it did not up its game and offer better value for money, government sources said.

He could also call in an army of private companies to add more manpower.

Standard renewals cost £75 with the aim of giving people a new passport with a 10-day turnaround.


Portugal holiday warning as Brits must STILL queue at airports despite e-gates

The cheapest Benidorm breaks with holiday deals from £168pp

But families desperately requiring a new passport for summer holidays are under pressure to fork out £100 to get one fast-tracked. 

Heathrow Airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye said it was vital the Passport Office turned things around. 

He said: "Normally the Passport Office is very slick in processing passports. It's really disappointing to hear (about delays).

"If it's not resolved, it is going to mean that people can't get away."

Most read in The Sun


Countryfile's Helen Skelton announces split from husband Richie Myler


Piers Morgan issues ‘trigger warning’ to ‘woke snowflakes’ on new TalkTV show


Jeremy Kyle making TV comeback TONIGHT after almost three years off screen


School chaos as kids held inside as armed cops swoop

Airline chiefs are already bracing Brits for a summer of travel chaos because of a lack of border staff to conduct checks.

Flights are also being cancelled last-minute because of crew shortages, many of whom left during the pandemic.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today vowed to lean on industry chiefs to iron out the problems.

He told Times Radio: "I am concerned and I'm going to be meeting with some of the airlines who have been routinely cancelling.

"I'm sure it's in their interest as is the travelling public to see them get their schedules back together, and I'm meeting with them this week to understand their plans to bring the schedules back together.

"We need to get reliability back into the system again."

We pay for your stories!

Do you have a story for The Sun news desk?

Email us at [email protected] or call 0207 782 4104. You can WhatsApp us on 07423 720 250. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours

Click here to get The Sun newspaper delivered for FREE for the next six weeks.

    Source: Read Full Article