Saturday, March 21, 2020

Chaotic Scenes Witnessed At Delhi Airport, Passengers Complain

Mumbai: Twitter was abuzz with concerning tweets since morning ahead of sealing of borders to international flights from tomorrow onwards, as people landing from abroad today at Delhi IGI airport, had to wait for medical checkup for more than 6 hours.  Some travellers have tweeted claiming to have waited for more than 14 hours.
Tweets with video footages show how social distancing is a distant dream when it comes to immigration counter as passengers from various international flights awaited their turn for check-up. Crowd management became a serious problem at the immigration counters, people started losing patience, some thumped the desk and started shouting.
Some passengers also tweeted about children and elderly people suffering the most as there is no access to food. Complaints were made about the thermal screening taking place with delays, medical practitioners being very casual and the time between screening and the receipt of certificates is ranging from three to four hours.
And all of the passengers coming from abroad are suggested home quarantine and being stamped. We urge passengers to keep calm. 150-200 passengers are on board every international flight, at one go everyone can't be screened. So twenty people are being screened at intervals., It’s bound to take time.” Another Delhi airport official says,“The staff of Air India and our Airport immigration officers are serving the country just like our armed forces. They are doing an extremely tough but terrific job.”
21/03/20 Shantasree Sarkar/Republic World
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