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Passport machine failures behind Aust-wide airport delays

Not a very happy Monday for travellers this morning

Just days after wild weather caused mass flight delays at several Australian hubs, there was widespread disruption again today (Monday) at airports nationwide following a serious failure at passport control gates. 



At Sydney International, lines overflowed into the departure area of the terminal when passengers departing Australia’s busiest airport were stuck in long queues as they tried to access passport e-gates, the ABC reported. 


Meanwhile, Melbourne Airport said there had been delays in processing travellers, but departure times had not been affected. 


After tweeting that its staff were “working hard to minimise earlier delays caused by an outage”, the ABF said all issues had been since rectified. 


“We appreciate the patience of passengers at this time and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused,” it said. 


While it admitted that the outage had affected services nationwide, the ABF has not explained what caused the incident, which one woman on social media described ads “absolutely crazy”.


Last week, smoke forced the evacuation of parts of Sydney International Airport


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 15 July 2019

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