Hundreds of passengers and staff at Dublin Airport unaffected by morning incident
Published 03/12/2015 | 13:05
Hundreds of passengers and staff members who occupied the terminals and surrounding buildings remained largely unaffected an incident at Dublin airport this morning.
At least 22 flights were scheduled to depart to destinations across Europe and the States during the period when the garda-related incident unfolded, from 8.50am to when it concluded shortly before 10.30am.
A spokesperson for Dublin Airport said that they "remained operational" throughout and that passengers and flights had not been affected.
"The earlier Garda-related incident at the airport has concluded. Incident was not security related. Flight operations continuing as normal," they said in a message on social media.
Staff members and passengers seemed oblivious to the incident that had unfolded just yards from where they were outside terminal two, close to a cargo building.
Shortly before midday, the only tell tale sign of the drama was a van being loaded onto a tow truck alongside a Garda car, visible from the Chocolate Lounge Cafe Bar at the end of the shopping area in terminal two.
It is believed that this is where the incident happened.
Few staff members were aware that something had unfolded and those that had heard said they understood it was an attempted robbery.
"Earlier on somebody tried to rob a Brinks van. They were quickly apprehended, they didn't stand a chance," he explained.
"We are always on high alert so I don't know what they were thinking."
However, some eagle eyed passengers did observe the gardai close to a plane airside and documented the incident on social media, detailing that they observed "at least four police vehicles in a small area".
The passenger explained he was travelling to London from terminal two said he didn't wish to "speculate", and added later he had no "idea what's happening".
"Nothing is visible to me since my tweets earlier. Probably better not knowing. Just hope everything is okay," he added.