Airports Jeremy Spake unrecognisable as he returns to screens 25 years later

Airport star Jeremy Spake looks completely different compared to his days filming the BBC documentary.

The now 52-year-old Heathrow worker found fame in the 1990s in the fly-on-the-wall series which followed the chaos at busy airport.

Fans were left gobsmacked recently as they spotted a more mature Jeremy without his trademark glasses, beard and chestnut locks.

Last month, he returned to the BBC 25 years after the original hit with The Airport: Back in the Skies.

The TV star recently caught up with staff and showed off his bald head and clean shaven face.

Jeremy remains impeccably smart, wearing a shirt and tie in the show – which is also set at Heathrow

He spoke about the aviation industry's attempt to recover following the coronavirus pandemic.

The face of travel has changed exponentially over the past two years, what with passenger locator forms, face masks and red list locations permeating the discourse around holidays.

His new documentary offers an insight into the aviation powerhouse that is Heathrow Airport, during one of its strangest and most challenging times.

One of Jeremy's tasks was joining the turnover officer before a flight to Delhi, which has experienced a Covid spike.

The plane needed to be ready to go in just 90 minutes, and while this would be a difficult task under normal circumstances, the pandemic has only made this worse.

He explained what goes into preparing for the next flight once passengers depart the plane.

Jeremy said: "There'll be a lot of debris from customers.

"There'll be pillows, blankets, rubbish on the floor – so it's exhausting trying to keep the thing clean."

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, staff must also deep-clean cabins so as to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.

Television series Airport followed passengers and staff who work for the airlines, the airport operator BAA, the animal reception centre, emergency services, customs and immigration, and others.

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The airlines and staff featured changed from series to series, although certain staff feature in multiple series.

Jeremy has written two books: Jeremy's Airport and The Toughest Job in Britain. Jeremy's Airport was based on his experiences working at Heathrow Airport as a Ground Services Manager for Aeroflot during the filming of Airport.

In August 2018, he was confirmed as the deputy director of the Isle of Man Airport.

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