Se­cu­rity staff strike poses queue chaos at Barcelona air­port

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

MADRID - Se­cu­rity work­ers check­ing carry-on lug­gage at Barcelona’s air­port have be­gun par­tial strikes, threat­en­ing more queu­ing chaos for pas­sen­gers at one of Europe’s most pop­u­lar air­ports. The pe­ri­odic hour-long stop­pages be­gan Fri­day and were to con­tinue Sun­day and Mon­day, one of Spain’s peak sum­mer hol­i­day week­ends. The stop­pages were called af­ter talks failed to end the dis­pute with the pri­vate com­pany Eulen, which runs the ser­vice at El Prat air­port. Spain’s air­port author­ity AENA said that dur­ing the first strike hour, pas­sen­gers had to queue for some 40 min­utes to get through the se­cu­rity fil­ter but that this dropped to 20 min­utes when the stop­page ended. Pas­sen­gers fly­ing from Barcelona have been suf­fer­ing ma­jor de­lays to reach the board­ing area in re­cent weeks be­cause of the dis­pute.

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