Newspaper headlines: Air traffic 'chaos' could last 'for days' – BBC

"Flights fiasco to go on for days," warns the front page of the Daily Mail. It predicts that thousands of people from the UK will be "stranded around the globe" as a knock-on effect of Monday's air traffic control failure. The headline in the Daily Express is: "Days of chaos". It has a picture of travellers at Heathrow, sleeping on the floor, with their luggage piled up around them.
"How could a meltdown like this be possible?" asks the Times. In an analysis piece, it says senior government and security sources have ruled out a cyber-attack by a hostile state. It suggests officials know what the issue was – but do not yet understand why the disruption was so widespread.
In its editorial column, the i is prompted to wonder: "Does nothing in Britain work properly?" It argues that the shutdown is "the latest blow to patriotic pride", pointing out that "there is a sense the UK is worn out, creaking at the seams".
There is anger in the Guardian about an announcement by ministers that they will relax housebuilding rules that are intended to prevent excess water pollution. A spokesman for Greenpeace is quoted saying: "Who would look at our sickly, sewage-infested rivers and conclude that what they need is weaker pollution rules?" But an unnamed construction industry source offers the opposing view, telling the paper: "This is undoubtedly good news for Britain's building supply".
The Telegraph has an interview with the UK's most senior police officer – Met Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley – in which he says he will not allow officers to support "woke" causes while on duty. These include taking the knee, flying the rainbow flag or wearing badges supporting environmental groups. Sir Mark states: "I'm fairly narrow-minded on this – there are very few causes policing should be attached to."
Plans to close ticket offices at hundreds of railway stations across England pre-occupy the Daily Mirror. "Axe will hit elderly and disabled" is the headline. The paper – which is running a campaign to keep the offices open – says many train firms have carried out assessments of the impact the closures will have. Concerns include the possibility that vulnerable customers may be exploited by criminals as they try to use ticket machines.
The Financial Times wades into the ongoing controversy surrounding Luis Rubiales, the Spanish Football Federation president who kissed a female player, Jenni Hermoso, on the lips at the Women's World Cup final. The paper argues that the kiss has come to encapsulate what women's football has always been up against – and it believes this should be an "enough" moment, which results in fundamental change.
Finally, the Sun has the latest developments in the case of a solid gold toilet, which was stolen from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire in 2019. The lavatory – an artwork which is worth £5m – was taken in an early morning raid, while on display in an exhibition. The paper reveals that the police have now passed a file to prosecutors who will decide whether any of the suspects can be charged. "Gold loo-dunnit" is the headline.
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