I have traveled to three European countries in the last couple of months. I noticed the chaotic situation that is happening in the airports. It is incredible how people are asked to leave their suitcases in the airports, as no staff can check them in. Eventually, they will send your suitcase back home, or you can pick it up on your way back. The missing suitcases are thousands and thousands every day.
Delays also are a problem in specific airports. I came across a group of Americans who were traveling from Greece back to LA via Vienna. From the day before, they knew that their flight from Vienna to LA was canceled, and they couldn’t get hold of anybody in the call centre so that they can check themselves in on another flight. That was only a case of 40 people, but imagine that this was the one I came across. I am sure there are thousands of people in such a situation.
So, what do we do? Do we pack the most necessary things for our holidays and take a cabin bag? Is that feasible for families with children? Do we go to the airport more than three hours earlier? Do we sleep at the airport overnight?
I don’t understand why this is happening to large international airports. Heathrow airport, Paris airports, US airports, and many more. Is it the case of not people going back to work after the quarantine? Is it the case that more people travel during this period after Covid 19? In any case, this shouldn’t have happened. Airports should be prepared for a large number of travelers this summer. And how long will this last? When will airports go back to normal? People say it will take around six years, but that is way too long compared to the Covid era’s two years. Another question that comes to my mind is whether airports have the technology it needs to help get over this.
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