Increased Airport Security Checks Across The EU

Increased Airport Security Checks Across The EU

Increased Airport Security Checks Across The EU

Because Ireland is not part of Schengen it means people flying between Ireland and many European countries will be subject to the longer checks.

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Airports popular with British tourists, including Paris, Madrid and Lisbon, could see queues stretching hundreds of metres as the lengthy checks are imposed on entry and exit.

Lord Callanan said he would urge his counterparts to "do all they can to reduce queues and allow travellers to get on with their holidays".

The problem is being blamed on the introduction of tighter European Union-introduced border controls in Schengen, the border-free area that incorporates most EU member states.

Industry body Airlines UK, representing UK-registered carriers, said it had warned the Department for Transport (DfT) about the problem in May, although they were told by ministers the issue had eased.

Pictures on social media in recent days have shown long lines of passengers in crowded terminals.

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Thomas Reynaert, managing director of lobby group Airlines For Europe (A4E), said: "Travellers face long lines and can't get on their flights".

Passenger figures are up 4 per cent over the same weekend previous year, with over 2,669 flights expected to arrive and depart between Friday and Monday.

"Aer Lingus guests travelling from Dublin Airport to the United States are being advised, via our social channels, aerlingus.com and via SMS, to arrive a minimum of three hours ahead of their scheduled departure to ensure the necessary time needed to complete USA pre-clearance before their flight", a spokeswoman said.

If you're travelling to Europe this summer, it's quite likely you'll spend more time than usual waiting for your flight.

A spokeswoman for travel trade organisation Abta said: "New, stricter passport checks are resulting in longer queues at some airports, including Palma, which is already busy due to a significant increase in passenger numbers".

Border check points should be kept "sufficiently resourced" to keep queuing times as short as possible, she added.

The European Commission has responded to the delays saying they are "the price of security". Phil Davis, whose flight home from Frankfurt yesterday was delayed by 90 minutes, said the airport only had one security lane open to process a large number of worldwide flights. Plane left most (sic) empty.

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