Sunday 25 February 2018

Air passengers oblivious to drama

Dublin airport
Dublin airport
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

As gun-toting officers foiled an attempted heist, passengers and staff at Dublin Airport remained oblivious to the drama that was unfolding just yards away from the salubrious surroundings of airport shopping and lounges.

At least 22 flights were scheduled to depart to destinations across Europe and the States during the period when the dramatic incident occurred at 8.50am.

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. The incident was not security related. Flight operations are continuing as normal," they said in a statement.

Staff on the ground seemed to have relatively little information about the tiger kidnapping, which resulted in three people being held hostage.

"Earlier on somebody tried to rob a Brinks van. They were quickly apprehended, they didn't stand a chance. We are always on high alert so I don't know what they were thinking," one DAA employee said.

Passengers remained calm and collected as they went about their business in the terminal building, except for the minimal eagle-eyed few who spotted the armed gardaí outside.

One man detailed online that he had observed "at least four police vehicles in a small area". He added later that he didn't wish to "speculate".

"Nothing is visible to me since my tweets earlier. Probably better not knowing. Just hope everything is okay," he added.

Irish Independent

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