I had a flight at the moment at eight:30AM so I bought to the airport at 5:10AM to be on the secure facet, particularly after seeing what occurred final week. Sadly, it was chaotic to say the least and we solely bought to the boarding gate at eight:35AM! It’s a superb factor the flight bought delayed in any other case we wouldn’t have made it.
Beginning with the site visitors, there was the standard site visitors on the military’s checkpoint earlier than the airport however then each the arrival & departure lanes had been blocked. My brother was driving us so we simply wanted him to drop us and go however the automobiles weren’t shifting so I needed to go down virtually 300 meters earlier than the door and attempt to discover a trolley to achieve a while. Sadly, I couldn’t discover any (WTF?) and there have been no employees round to assist out so we ended up dragging our luggages by ourselves.
As soon as we bought to the doorway, the primary one was closed, so we headed to the second and noticed an enormous & endless lane for the primary safety verify. I used to be stunned on how organized the queues had been however then noticed a few Fouhoud members (ISF) standing there with their machine weapons protecting order. I don’t know why they had been carrying machine weapons, or how they might presumably make use of it to drive individuals to respect the strains however it was working so who cares LOL!
Shifting on, we bought to the primary safety checks after 45 minutes the place we needed to decide up like animals these small instances for our laptops and electronics. As soon as achieved, we rushed to the counter to check-in (Automated check-in by no means works) however ours stated “Doha” and never “Antalya” and nobody had a solution. We stayed on that line for a superb 20 minutes as a result of we didn’t need to lose our flip until they determined to lastly open the Antalya counter however they didn’t hassle to replace the digital banner.
It was already 6:50 and we hadn’t had our tickets but. When our flip got here, some man together with his entire household determined to chop us off as a result of he was ready within the unsuitable lane and didn’t need to wait yet again. Some guys behind us bought upset and virtually began a combat however the household nonetheless went by means of. Within the meantime, some teenager fainted whereas ready in line and his dad was struggling to hold him again to sit down on some bench due to the crowds. A few airport employees handed by and didn’t even hassle to assist the person.
As soon as we bought our tickets, we bought previous passport management rapidly however had no clue the place to go as a result of the gate for our flight wasn’t assigned so we stored ready till eight:10AM when the gate confirmed up on the display. We rushed to get previous the ultimate safety verify the place it was additionally crowded and ultimately bought to the boarding gate at eight:35AM. The boarding gate was nonetheless closed because the flight was delayed however as quickly because it stated “open”, everybody stormed to get in “3al lebnene” with out respecting the road or households.
All in all, I can not start to think about what passengers went by means of final week and what number of had been left queuing for hours and lacking their flights due to the mismanagement and safety verify & boarding fiascos. We’re all used to busy airports throughout holidays however there’s at all times designated employees prepared to assist out and facilitate issues, which is rarely the case in Beirut.