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Confidence must be restored in system at Dublin Airport

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Queues at Dublin Airport

Queues at Dublin Airport

Queues at Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport bosses admit they don’t know the cause of delays at the c apital’s airport, and a spokesman yesterday spoke about “unexpected passenger numbers” overrunning the system.

This raises hard questions for the Dublin Airport Authority ( DAA) and the Department of Transport.

So let me suggest that all of them do what I did this morning, and subject themselves to the following process.

They should get up at the crack of dawn and get in the queue. They might then find that the system is working, more or less, but is overwhelmed by people arriving early because they don’t trust the process.

Following the official advice, I arrived at six in the morning for a 9.30am flight, and despite spending an hour and twenty minutes shuffling up and down a crudely marshalled queuing system I still arrived at the gate two hours early.

So as I sit here sipping my overpriced coffee, let me give these “experts” a piece of advice. They certainly need to properly resource the screening service and pay the staff enough to retain the necessary numbers, but mostly they need to quickly restore confidence in the system to stop people turning up at dawn for a midday flight, as the people sitting beside me have done.

And as for the ‘managers’ who described the passenger numbers as “unexpected”, enough said.

John Mulligan

Skerries, Co Dublin 

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Security screening causing more risks than it prevents

Perhaps it is time to suspend aspects of Irish airport security protocols until such time as management have sorted out their resourcing issues.

Has the rigorous enforcement of existing protocols whereby every person’s bag, including items of their clothing, must be checked been effective in discovering or preventing significant planned terrorist incidents?

Random, risk-assessed, and intelligence-led checks should suffice.

I was once caught in a long queue for passport control at a Spanish airport due
to a deliberate go-slow strike by airport security staff.

Only one passport control booth operated in a languid manner by one security person was in operation, while other security staff stood around chatting. The huge crowd, in extremely hot and humid conditions without access to food or water, was getting increasingly restive.

Eventually, with one accord, and without any apparent premeditation, the whole crowd simply surged forward and overwhelmed the security staff and simply marched through the controls regardless.

This could, of course, have led to an extremely dangerous situation, as deaths by crushing in crowd surges throughout the world have demonstrated.

Any rational risk assessment must conclude that the current system is creating more risks than it is preventing.

Frank Schnittger

Blessington, Co Wicklow

Now that’s what great memories are made of

Reading about the man who suffered memory loss as a result of having daytime sex with his wife (‘Man (66) lost

short-term memory after daytime sex with his wife’, Irish Independent, May 27) reminded me of an old Dean Martin number Memories Are Made Of This. Indeed.

Tom Gilsenan

Beaumont, Dublin 9

Putin is the problem, not the country he happens to lead

In a piece in the Irish Independent on May 27 (US officials caution Ukrainian leaders against “risk of escalation” with Russia’) it is reported that US President Joe Biden’s advisers have warned of the mismatch between Putin’s apparent ambitions and the performance of his army

The language of President Biden is very much at odds with that of one of his predecessors George Bush who visited Kyiv on August 1, 1991, just after Ukraine declared its independence.

Mr Bush made a point of publicly recommending to the Ukrainians that they stay in the Soviet Union. “Some people,” he declared, “have urged the US to choose between supporting President Gorbachev and supporting independence minded throughout the USSR. I consider that a false choice, President Gorbachev has achieved astonishing things.”

We all accept that the problem is Putin not Russia.  This is made clear in your editorial of May 28 (‘The voices of reason must prevail to end bloodshed’, Irish Independent) , which urges that voices of reason must prevail to end bloodshed.

Hugh Duffy

Cleggan, Co Galway

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