Stansted Airport enforces ban on sleeping with 'anti-snooze' patrols every ten minutes

In a new “lock-out” policy, departures are closed after the last flight at 10.45pm and are sealed off until 2.30am.

Passengers are sent to arrivals where they are “welcome to take a seat”, but not on the floor.

Guards patrol every ten minutes to wake snoozers.

The measures at budget flight airport Stansted began on Monday following claims that up to 600 a night were kipping on hammocks and blow-up beds.

Anti-nap signs across the terminal read: “Please do not lay down.”

But one flyer blasted online: “Sleeping at the airport is never the first option for anyone, so why make things harder?”

Charlie Birot, 19, was shaken awake as he snoozed ahead of his 7am flight to Perpignan, France. The student said: “The guard said I could not sleep here.”

The Essex airport is having a £600million revamp. A spokesman said: “Passengers don’t like arriving for an early flight to find lots of people blocking access.

"The change has been well received.”

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