Sydney Airport chief apologises after passengers wait hours in long queues

Mitch Dale was flying to Brisbane and described the chaotic queues.

“The departures hall is just bedlam, full of lines that are seemingly random and impossible to distinguish if they’re for check-in or security,” he said.

Snaking queues in Terminal 3.

Snaking queues in Terminal 3.Credit:Twitter/James Morgan

“They just made an announcement that this is the busiest day Sydney Airport has had this year so far.

“I was definitely stressed – honestly didn’t think I had any chance of making my flight when I realized the lines going outside the building were for security.”

Mr Dale said the line for security stretched outside the terminal into another building, although the footage “looked worse than it actually is”.

“It was 40 minutes for me from the car to the plane using a check-in kiosk and checking a bag in,” he said. “As far as I could tell all of the security points were open and staffed.”

Sue Stephenson was flying to Port Macquarie and waited almost two hours at the airport. She said two security lanes were closed.

“I had to get escorted through queue because [the] plane was boarding,” she said.

“Queues were calm, but there was lots of confusion about what was going on. Only one airport police officer controlling what had to be thousands of travelers in the queue. No airport announcements or staff telling what was going on.”

Closed security lanes.

Closed security lanes. Credit:Sue Stephenson

Philippa Miller, who was traveling to Hobart, waited 45 minutes in the business class queue but noted the regular queue was much longer.

“I’ve been traveling a bit and queues have been much worse post-Covid. Today was worst I’ve had. I find I have to get to airport at least an hour and a half early to feel confident I will catch the plane ,” she said.

“People were being remarkably patient and staff doing their best but clearly not enough security check ins.”

Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar were all contacted for comment.

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