Arrivals was swift and seamless but departures is a completely different story. It's a fairly inoffensive place before you go through security and it's here that the ordeal really begins. We travelled in the afternoon and the security screening struck me as a pretty stressful affair with too many screening desks crammed into too small a space. This lack of space didn't afford any opportunity to get yourself together after going through security and passengers are immediately greeted by the duty free shop once screened. The experience is all about shopping to the detriment of facilitating a smooth transition through the airport and towards your gate. The area beyond the duty free shop is occupied by more shops and both space and seating is limited unless you're willing to fork out money in one of the many restaurants and coffee shops that come with ample seating. Most frustratingly of all the gates aren't announced until the last minute so there is no alternative but to wait in this money trap. Progression towards your flight involves a lot of queuing down corridors up stairs down stairs and down more corridors. I would hate to be a disabled passenger travelling through Bristol Airport.