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| Its no surprise that an airport, when home to the most cut throat budget airlines in the business will look for every oportunity to recoup money from passengers, and Stansted is a master of carrying the budget theme through from the time you arrive to the time you take off and vice versa, turning the experience from enjoying to enduring. You start paying from the moment you arrive with the most expensive charges in the UK just to be dropped off, the booking hall is definitely a no frills environment, security is like a livestock market, airside is so cramped that only a % of passengers get the privilege to sit on some hard red boxes, some even bagging the “comfy chairs”, the balance having to mill round the concessions, which is obviously as intended. The free 4 hour Wifi is intermittant, repeatedly dropping its signal and then only reluctantly reconnecting. The departure gates also have insufficient seating, the con that is priority boarding, if you should be travelling with the Irish carrier in blue and yellow, is merely a way of charging extra to get to the front of a queue just to sit in your pre booked seat via a usually stressed and uninterested attendant who gives the impression they would really rather be anywhere else than there. But the fun doesnt stop there, the queue can involve standing in stairwells and corridoors until the plane is ready to board. Coming back you can expect a similar experience, but with the added bonus of running the lottery of the biometric immigration gates alongside several other plane fulls of passengers, it is only luck if it doesn't send you to the back of another queue when it cant decide if you are who your passport says you are. Other countries seem to have less issues with similar systems? This is a showpiece of cost cutting, and dont even bother to complain, no ones listening, by the way, they are applying to allow an additional 8 million people to pass through Stansted in the future. Heaven help the weary traveller.