HUNDREDS of passengers left Birmingham Airport without their luggage after a power cut caused chaos for travellers.
International travellers were among those forced to jet off without their bags after electricity supply problems hit the conveyor belt on Monday morning.
An airport source claimed “thousands and thousands of suitcases and bags” piled up.
“Thousands of international passengers have been sent all around the world without their luggage,” they added.
Some flights were delayed as a result of the power cut and an airport official said an investigation had been launched to find out what caused the power failure.
Charity worker Peter Billingham was among those affected, flying out to Ukraine without his luggage.
Mr Billingham, who works for Coleshill-based charity Christian Vision, wrote on Twitter: “At BHX airport today, huge queues as baggage conveyor belts broken. “Bags checked would arrive tomorrow. That happens without telling you!”
A Birmingham Airport official later responded by tweeting: “We’re very sorry about the issue earlier. We had a problem with the power supply.”
Around 4,000 passengers used the airport on Monday morning on over 40 flights.
But with many passengers not taking hold baggage, an airport official estimated only around 1,000 bags had been delayed.
The luggage was expected to be reunited with its rightful owners within 48 hours.
An airport spokesman said: “The airport experienced problems with its baggage operation due to a failure of the power supply.
“Consequently, some flights were delayed and departed without passengers’ hold baggage.
“However the airport is making arrangements to fly out all delayed baggage over the next 48 hours.
“We are now investigating the cause and apologise to those customers affected,” the spokesman said.