Flight info screens are down in Gatwick, so they’re using whiteboards instead

Manual labour.
Manual labour.
Image: Edmund von der Burg
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A smattering of whiteboards has been doing the job of updating travelers at the UK’s second-busiest airport for more than five hours after flight information screens stopped working at London Gatwick airport this morning (Aug. 20).

London Gatwick airport said on Twitter that it had been forced to display flight information manually due to damage to a Vodafone fibre optic cable. An airport spokesperson told Quartz that the number of people who had missed their flights as a result of the issue was in “the low dozens.”

In 2017, 45.6 million passengers passed through the airport—and, like most airports, August is its busiest month.