Mumbai, October 8
Chaos unfolded this morning at the Mumbai airport which saw a massive rush of passengers who got stuck in long queues with many missing flights. Domestic carrier IndiGo advised passengers “to report early to allow sufficient time for security check”.
Airport authorities attributed the sudden rush of passengers today to the “festive season”. “Similar experiences have also been witnessed in other city airports of the country. Further owing to recent intelligence reports received by stakeholders and threat at another airport in the state, security measures have been further enhanced at the CSMIA (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport). The security and safety of our passengers are of utmost priority and our endeavor is to continue to not compromise on these critical aspects. CSMIA airport has deployed additional staff for a quicker turnaround at all the security checkpoints for a smoother passenger experience,” the Mumbai airport said in a statement.
Mumbai Airport is a mess. It takes atleast 1 hr to enter and do check-in and then this crowd for security check. How can someone board a flight even reaching 2 1/2 hrs before domestic flight. This is the real commercial capital of the country. pic.twitter.com/OII3s46GZh— Prakarsh Gagdani (@PrakarshGagdani) October 8, 2021
Unhappy passengers vented on social media. “T2 AT CSMIA (Mumbai Airport) is a shambles. Literally feels like we’re in the dark ages. Endless milling crowds, machines breaking down, tempers frayed, chaos everywhere. Staff doing their best but absolutely unable to cope. Who runs this absolute shitshow? Please tag them. (sic),” composer and singer Vishal Dadlani tweeted.