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Tuesday 19th of August 2014
The Easirent Car Hire team at Gatwick Airport are shocked at the revelation of a kind gesture by the airport to passengers being taken advantage of.
Introduced at Gatwick Airport as a way to help families with tired children after a long flight, complimentary pushchairs were supposed to support this. Although the 150 pushchairs in the arrivals hall has backfired as the majority of them have been stolen.
The idea was to leave the buggies in the designated area at the baggage reclaim point, but some passengers have boldly walked off with them before loading them into their cars or boarding the Gatwick Express rail service. According to staff only a few buggies remain. The Mothercare Nanu Strollers were widely welcomed as part of a family-friendly initiative when they were introduced at the airport in West Sussex in April. The strollers feature a multi-position reclining seat with adjustable calf rest and normally cost £49.99 on the High Street.
The main issue is the buggies at Gatwick Airport had no stamp or label identifying them as airport property, except having the same shade of blue as the Gatwick brand logo. An order has been placed for 200 more, but concerns by airport workers think more will disappear unless they have a security device. Gatwick Airport handles up to 60,000 incoming passengers a day and airport managers say it is not surprising that some of the buggies have been misappropriated.