Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal Evacuated After 'Disembarkment Issue'
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The processing of thousands of flyers at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris came to a screeching halt Saturday. Initially reported as a bomb threat on Airlive.net, that was retracted and the reason was called a “disembarkment issue.”
Tweets from travelers caught in the middle of the morass tell a story of confusion, lack of communication, and crushing masses of people.
Businessman Brian Shin reported that airport personnel, “made us all evacuate Terminal 2E K gates. Routed us through border control and security to L gates. Now making us go back to K.”
Shin conveyed that there was a lack of communication from the airport to the passengers, he tweet, “Thousands of people barely find out where to go — either word of mouth or follow the herds. Mayhem.”
Charlotte, North Carolina reporter Dave Wagner, who was also caught up in the mess, tweeted a quote from an unnamed traveler, who said, “No one has a clue what is happening.”
As time passed, all the moving around was starting to wear on the weary travelers. Shin tweeted, “I estimate that we have walked with bags almost 2 miles and been standing for over 2 hrs, elderly people/young ones are suffering.”
After normal operations began again, Shin described harrowing conditions among the masses of people trying to reprocess through customs and catch their flights, tweeting, “Being the cattle in a cattle-drive is not as fun as you might think. Human crush at border control for re-entry.”
Airlive.net said in an tweet update Saturday that “the The disembarkment issue is causing delays,” and Flightaware.com is showing 90 delayed flights for Sunday at Charles de Gaulle, so check with your carrier for the latest information if you are flying out of this airport.
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