The mayhem at Dublin Airport was no different on Monday morning as passengers from across the country arrived at their terminals hours before departure.
Despite arriving well ahead of their scheduled take-off, hundreds of people were stuck in queues, with some reporting two-hour delays, with the knock-on effect then seen across duty-free.
The latest advice from the daa is to arrive no less than 3.5 hours before your boarding time, and so queues are beginning to form before 3am for those headed out on early morning flights.
A passenger took to Twitter to share a picture of the queue into Terminal 1, which was out of the building and down “to the diverting road.”
They wrote: “Queue at T1 spreads down to the diverting road. Flow seems to be 2 metres per 30 seconds.”
Another early passenger said: “Far, far, far too many people in this airport before and after the security gates. As bad an airport experience as one could have here this morning.”
More and more travellers began to arrive at Dublin Airport later in the morning and have been sharing their ‘chaotic’ experiences online to warn others.
One passenger wrote: “#DublinAirport Staff working so hard. Arrived 3.50 am, 70mins queue to get as far as security, 20mins through security.”
Another described their morning experience of the delays and said: “No display to advise airline, route or flight no. Or even display when the check-in desk opens.
“Passengers forming in wrong queues. No check-in staff. No baggage drop facility for those who checked in online."
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He continued by writing: “Have yet to get through security. The sign says it all.”
It seems as though the delays at security are causing even further wait times elsewhere in the airport as a third passenger wrote: “The queues for a breakfast are nearly as long as the security queues.
“Had to opt for the breakfast of champions (Pepsi and Tayto).”
Another wrote: “This is chaotic. Security took an age, now I’m in a similar length queue for a cup of coffee. Sort it out.”
A spokesperson for the daa said last week: ""As the number of passengers travelling through Dublin Airport continues to increase over the coming period, daa continues to refine and adapt its security screening operation with the aim of ensuring that we get all passengers through security in plenty of time to make their flight," Mr McQueen said.
"We thank passengers for continuing to work with us at this time, which is seeing passenger numbers grow and Dublin Airport, like all other airports across Europe and UK, continuing to build back following the collapse of international travel over the past two years due to Covid-19."
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