Holidaymakers advised to arrive early at Dublin airport this weekend

04 August, 2017, 00:17 | Author: Darnell Patrick
  • Airport chaos

Following the series of terrorist attacks at European airports, new security regulations were put in place in the Schengen region back in March, but have only been fully enforced in the last few days.

The new rules, which must be rolled out across the EU's passport-free Schengen zone by October 7, mean passenger details of non-members are run through a database to alert authorities if they are known to pose a threat.

Airlines for Europe (A4E), a coalition of carriers such as British Airways, EasyJet and Air France-KLM, have issued a statement criticizing several major airports in the continent over "huge delays".

The change means the details of passengers from non-Schengen countries, such as Ireland and the United Kingdom, are run through databases to alert authorities if they are known to pose a threat.

Airlines For Europe, a group which represents carriers including easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways' owner IAG, said that compared to previous year some delays had increased by 300 per cent and that some passengers had missed flights.

Passengers have faced queues of up to four hours at airport arrivals and departures at popular British holiday destinations including Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Lisbon, Lyon, Paris-Orly, Milan and Brussels, Airlines for Europe (A4E) has said.

Lord Callanan, the aviation minister, said he would urge his counterparts in Spain, Portugal and Italy to do more to cut waiting times for British tourists after reports of four-hour queues.

The European Commission has said that any delays at European airports due to stricter security checks are the responsibility of member states.


A4E managing director Thomas Reynaert said: "Travellers face long lines and can't get on their flights".

People are being warned to check what terminal they are flying from, arrive in plenty of time for their flights and to expect large crowds in the airport.

"Travellers face long lines and can't get on their flights".

"It is also extremely important that border control check points are sufficiently resourced so that queuing times are kept to a minimum".

At the same time, the European Commission has defended the increased security checks and reminded critics that this is all about protecting passengers and a direct response to requests from EU member states for more stringent checks.

She wrote: "Mayhem at Barcelona airport, security queue stretching round whole airport and out exit!"

One Briton tweeted on Tuesday: "22 people were not allowed on flight home from Barcelona airport yesterday afternoon".

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