Monday, March 23, 2020

Delhi airport grapples with screening as thousands head home

New Delhi: Staff at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) in Delhi is scrambling to ensure everyone landing there is screened for novel coronavirus and quarantined if needed even as thousands continue to return home amid the pandemic.

Passengers are flying into India mostly from the US, Australia, and the UK among other countries.

Sources said that since the screening process is time-consuming, more than thousands of passengers were stuck at the Delhi airport on Saturday, resulting in mayhem and chaos.

At the airport's Terminal 3 (T3), passengers had to wait for over six-eight hours to get themselves screened for novel coronavirus on Saturday and Sunday.

However, with 90 screening counters, the situation took a turn for the better by Sunday afternoon with a backlog of 500 passengers.

Some passengers seemed to be disgruntled over the entire screening process while many others appreciated the airport authorities for their tireless efforts.
22/03/20 Munish Pandey/India Today
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