Published on March 28th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer


Long Delays at Dublin Airport Security

Many passengers travelling through Dublin Airport over the past couple of days have experienced severely long delays at the Security Screening points in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The delays caused passengers to miss flights and others having to run to gates once through the security screening. In a statement issued by the daa on Monday afternoon with an apology and explained that the recent delays were caused by a large amount of security screening staff being absent with COVID-19 symptoms. The statement by the daa also mentioned the delays in recruiting new staff following the pandemic, staff training and background checks required for staff.

While the airport authority apologised for the delays this weekend, they did say that they expect these delays are expected to continue over the coming weeks. With the Easter holidays just a few weeks away, it does not look like the problem will end anytime soon. In many photos posted on Twitter by disgruntled passengers, the lines for the security screening snaked right through Terminal 1 with up to three hours being reported to get to security. The daa has asked people with short-haul flights to arrive a minimum of two hours before boarding and three hours before boarding a long haul flight.

Passengers waiting to go through security at Dublin Airport on Sunday. Pic via Twitter

In response, Ryanair is advising their passengers to arrive at the airport three and a half hours before departure to allow for extra time to get through security. Ryanair will also open the check-in desks, kiosks and Baggage Dop earlier to allow for passengers to get through security in time for flights. Aer Lingus has also reintroduced a ‘Night before check-in’ for passengers to save time on early morning departures. If your Aer Lingus flight leaves between 05.30 and 08.00, you can drop off your bags at the airport between 16.00 and 19.45 on the evening before departure.

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