Social media images of hundreds of people queuing for security at and outside Dublin Airport at the start of the Easter holidays have scared many passengers – and showed up unnecessarily early for their flights, according to the Dublin Airport Authority.
Some people are panicking,” a DAA spokesman said after pictures were posted to social media yesterday showing massive queues both inside and outside the terminal.
“I think people were a bit startled by the pictures they see on social media,” he said as passengers queued at 4 a.m. yesterday.
And while the images may look daunting, in most cases passengers queued outside for about 10 minutes, he added.
While there was a steady flow of passengers in the Terminal One departures area this morning, queues were orderly and people were getting to their gates on time, he added.
“It’s calmed down quite a bit since Friday night and it’s been moving pretty well this morning,” he said.
However, the DAA advises passengers to arrive “no more than three and a half hours before their departure time” to ensure they clear security and get to their gates on time.
It has put in place a special control plan to deal with the large number of passengers departing on Easter holiday flights, whose numbers are now around 80 to 90 per cent of pre-Covid numbers.
Although the airport is expected to remain busy throughout the week, the DAA said it can handle it.
“Since early morning we had opened ten security checkpoints in Terminal 1, which meant that the queues were moving steadily. With additional security lanes opening earlier today and our task force supporting operations, Dublin Airport is prepared for an extremely busy Easter holiday season,” the spokesman said.
“During busy times, we will continue to manage the flow of passengers into our terminal as part of a carefully planned process to ensure passenger safety and ultimately ensure passengers board their flights on time.”
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/some-passengers-spooked-by-images-of-massive-security-queues-at-dublin-airport-41539859.html Some passengers have been ‘startled’ by images of massive security queues at Dublin Airport.