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| Absolutely terrible airport. Not fit for purpose. Flew to CPH from MAN and flew back to MAN before I took my flight back home to Australia from MAN. Also flew to and from STR from MAN. So I have passed through MAN a total of six times in six weeks! I should have known better actually after my first experience but the destinations in Europe I was flying to did not have direct flights from any other airport. Where do I even begin? The airport is simply not fit for purpose. The staff are rude, the facilities are appalling and everything costs money. I mean I haven't been to any other airport on the planet that charges money for pick-up and drop-off (GBP 3 to pick up passengers and GBP 4.50 to drop-off passengers). I travel a lot and I haven't seen this in even the remotest African airports. And those airports are in a much better condition than MAN. I understand security is an issue and the staff are only being cautious, but for goodness sake they need to use some common sense. My bag was rejected every single time because I had bought a model aircraft (made of die-cast metal) and apparently this was causing some issue with the scanner. So my bag was ripped apart, contents scattered everywhere and even after visually inspecting the model, they sent my bag to be re-scanned. I passed through STR, ZRH and CPH airports with the same bag containing the same model aircraft without any issues, but apparently in MAN they cannot seem to understand what a scale-model die-cast model aircraft looks like. Also, staff are rude and unpleasant to deal with. No attempts are made at any pleasantries or even acknowledging a simple hello. And what do they do with all the money they collect from passengers and people using the car parks and drop-off and pick up zones? The airport facilities are in a terrible state. Toilets are filthy, leaking and unpleasant. The lounge facilities are woefully inadequate (they were turning people away from the Aspire Lounge in T2 because it was full, even though there were seats in between) and they demand you show your boarding pass for everything. I bought a cadbury chocolate (99p) and was asked to show my boarding pass. In short - this is a terrible airport, with inadequate facilities, expensive, filthy, and full of rude staff who do not care about passengers who actually use this dreadful airport. Six times is enough for me, will never use this airport again. Even LHR was better.