British tourists were outraged at what they perceived as “preferential treatment” for Irish tourists at Spanish airports as they were forced to queue for post-Brexit passport checks. As reports were picked up across Europe, German daily Kleine took the opportunity to mock Britons.
They wrote: “The British discipline of queueing is occasionally put to the test at EU airports. It is a consequence of Brexit that leaves a nasty taste in some of the Kingdom’s tourists, as recently in Malaga.”
Highlighting the chaos caused at airports across the bloc as post-pandemic travel returns to its norm, they continued: “The British are particularly affected by the chaos, as they see themselves at a disadvantage compared to the Irish. British tourists recently accused the airport in Malaga of ‘preferential treatment’ of Irish people, who enjoy ‘express lanes’ while they themselves have to wait for hours for clearance by the immigration authorities.
“Many vented their frustration on Twitter: ‘What a joke! Huge queue for UK passengers, it goes all the way back to the duty free exit – while the EU queue is virtually empty.’
“Others described the queues for passport controls as ‘ridiculous.’
“The unequal treatment is admittedly not arbitrary discrimination against the British, but a consequence of Brexit.
“As is well known, the Kingdom no longer enjoys the privilege of moving freely within the Schengen area since Brexit.”
The mocking comes after Spain announced a rule banning all-inclusive alcohol in the most popular hotspot for British tourists.
The legislation bans happy hours, pub crawls and two-for-one drinks, as well as the sale of alcohol in shops between 9.30pm and 8am, and forbids the advertising of party boats in designated areas.
The Tourism Minister of the Balearic Islands Iago Negueruela said the region “wants British tourists” but “doesn’t want this type of tourism”.
He explained: “British tourism is essential for our islands.
“We share with the British Government the view that some images of British tourists are embarrassing.
“We want to put a stop to bad behaviour.
“From April to May this year we will increase the police presence in these areas and the number of inspectors.
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“We will have zero tolerance for tourism excesses.”
Holidaymakers recently visiting the Balearic Islands have slammed the law as they found that their all-inclusive plan was not what they expected.
All-inclusive hotels are strictly limiting drinks to six per day, three at lunch and three at dinner.
Britons are now seeing the new law impacting their holidays as travel gets back to normal after the Covid pandemic, but the legislation was actually first implemented in 2020.
Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg