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| Simply awful and in some places disgusting and scary. And very, very, very tiresome. In the 'olden days' - i.e. the 1980's, 1990's, and 2000's, the old Manchester 'Ringway' airport was well known and loved by all who lived in the North West of the UK and used it regularly for holidays abroad. The Terminal 2 extension was welcome and it was a modern, comfortable, and functional addition to the existing airport. I cant put my finger on exactly when things started to change, but certainly over the last five years, at least, I have noticed a rapid and continual decline in almost every aspect of the airport experience. Without writing War and Peace I will set out the key problems with this airport [with reference to Terminal 1 upon departure]: 1) The road network access has become increasingly complicated to the point where it is almost inaccessible with any kind of ease. It seems that the airport doesn't like taxis, because the taxi drop-off facilities are so poor. I think the airport likes private cars and really just wants to provide car parking for these, which I presume it makes a lot of money from. 2) Baggage check-in is relatively uncomplicated unless you have a holdall-type bag, pushchair, or similar. The arrangements for getting these handed over for loading onto the plane are complicated, time-consuming, ill-signposted - you get the idea. Manchester Airport doesn't seem to like bags they think are difficult to process, and seems to feel entitled to make life difficult for the users of the airport in return. 3) Security screening is, quite simply, horrendous. Bedlam. Strip search territory. Airport staff with blank staring eyes barking orders at people. Children and old people looking bewildered and frightened by it all. Electronic body scanners. Scowling airport staff if people don't comply with their frenetic screeched commands instantly. If nothing else spoils your holiday [apart from arrival at the airport upon return - see later] then this will. 4) After you clear security screening Manchester Airport sends you through the yellow brick road of their "duty free" shops. There is no escape from this tour of things you don't want to buy because to get to the main lounge you have to go through the shops. You just have to keep plodding on like lemmings. 5) When you clear the yellow brick road of consumerism the first thing you see is the obligatory car gambling podium. There has been a 'luxury' car lottery-type thing going on at Manchester Airport for many years now. It is very, very, very tedious. 6) The main departure lounge at the airport is nothing to write home about. Over the years they have gradually reduced the seating to practically nothing, with the exception of seating in food outlets. Thus you are compelled to spend money consuming over-priced food/drink. 7) The toilets in the main departure lounge are grossly inadequate for the size of the facility. There are not enough toilets. The toilets are generally dirty, wet, and smelly. Just disgusting. Upon arrival back at the airport after a holiday, things do not get any better. Passport Control is a ridiculous affair. Endless zig-zag lines of people queueing. Airport or Customs staff barking orders and shouting at people. Scowling immigration officers. Ridiculous electronic passport machines that work badly. Luggage carousel delays. And of course, yet more filthy, dirty, and disgusting toilets. I am going to try Liverpool Airport.