More than two months have passed since the chaos at Dublin Airport when more than 1,000 passengers missed their flights due to security delays and staff shortages.
ndependent.ie fought through the queues this morning to assess what a traveler’s experience is like during the first week of August.
The airport said that by the end of July, 99 percent of passengers had gotten through, and at a faster pace with each passing week.
Last night I booked a flight for 9am today – a €20 trip to Kerry.
The plan was to arrive at 6:30am to give me plenty of time to get through.
I arrived at Terminal 1 promptly at 6:30am with only a backpack containing my computer, notebook and (hopefully) my passport.
The safety railing just outside the entrance, which had previously guided crowded foot traffic and anxious travelers, was eerily empty.
But that was good news – it meant that at least the now infamous Dublin Airport queues were restricted to the interior of the airport.
As I walked in, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there seemed to be a line of just a few people at Ryanair check-in, but that’s when it hit me: I’d forgotten my passport.
I could return to Rathgar in Dublin and collect my passport which would shorten the trip extremely. Then again, I just wanted to go to Kerry.
Thankfully, the Ryanair customer service representative kindly clarified that all I need to travel within Ireland is ID.
Things started to calm down and I headed towards the security point, which I could tell was almost empty even from across the terminal.
The estimated waiting time of ten minutes was displayed on a monitor at the beginning of the passage.
Right next to the monitor stood Rob and Ciara, who were traveling to Morocco and had arrived five hours before their flight for fear of long queues for their big trip.
They arrived so early their bag drop wasn’t even open yet.
I went through security at seven. I was able to walk to the boarding pass scanner without stopping, after which I was directed to a conveyor belt.
A total of six people stood between me and removing all of the electronics and liquids from my bag.
My bag was not picked up for an additional check and I was out at 7:04 am on my way to my gate. It took four minutes from scanning my boarding pass to repacking my bag.
It’s extraordinarily quick now, especially for an airport that has suffered from long queues and missed flights over the summer.
This indicates that the number of travelers has not necessarily decreased, but that the DAA has figured out how to channel and mobilize the large volume of travelers passing through.
Sitting in one of those crowded venues this morning was Charlie and Pedro telling me about their experiences so far.
The two friends sat with a pint and waited to board their plane to Italy.
According to Charlie, they arrived three hours early, but it only took ten minutes to go through security.
Although this was just a sample of passengers passing through Dublin Airport, it was at least a pleasant one.
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/braced-for-queues-heres-how-i-got-on-passing-through-dublin-airport-security-41892708.html Prepared for queues – this is how I got through security at Dublin Airport