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Travellers have posted photos of long queues at Sydney Airport in a sure sign Australia’s Covid era stay-at-home days are over.

Social media pictures on Thursday night showed long, snaking queues that extended outside of the Terminal 2 and 3 buildings in Sydney as people waited to go through security to board flights.

Airport bosses blamed school holidays, a shortage of security personnel and, remarkably, forgetful passengers out of the habit of removing items from their luggage for scanning.  

‘We’re facing a perfect storm at the moment. Traffic numbers are picking up, travellers are inexperienced after two years of not travelling, and the close contact rules are making it hard to fill shifts and staff the airport,’ Sydney Airport chief executive Geoff Culbert told the Sydney Morning Herald. 

Mr Culbert apologised for the inconvenience of the delays.

Sydney Airport bosses blamed school holidays, a shortage of security personnel and, remarkably, forgetful passengers out of the habit of removing items from their luggage for scanning

Sydney Airport bosses blamed school holidays, a shortage of security personnel and, remarkably, forgetful passengers out of the habit of removing items from their luggage for scanning

Sydney Airport bosses blamed school holidays, a shortage of security personnel and, remarkably, forgetful passengers out of the habit of removing items from their luggage for scanning

'Thousands spilling over into carpark next to terminal. Only one officer controlling the crowd. How many flights are going to be missed??' one traveller tweeted

'Thousands spilling over into carpark next to terminal. Only one officer controlling the crowd. How many flights are going to be missed??' one traveller tweeted

‘Thousands spilling over into carpark next to terminal. Only one officer controlling the crowd. How many flights are going to be missed??’ one traveller tweeted

Nine Network reporter Tom Steinfort was one of those caught up in the delays, tweeting ‘Sydney Airport WTF’ as he panned across long queues of people inside the terminal.

Journalism lecturer Sue Stephenson was also caught up in the extensive delays.

‘Thousands spilling over into carpark next to terminal. Only one officer controlling the crowd. How many flights are going to be missed??’ she tweeted. 

'Security line starts inside and snakes back and forth, then it goes outside and snakes back and forth, then you can go back inside and snakes back and forth,' traveller James Ryall posted about the delays

'Security line starts inside and snakes back and forth, then it goes outside and snakes back and forth, then you can go back inside and snakes back and forth,' traveller James Ryall posted about the delays

‘Security line starts inside and snakes back and forth, then it goes outside and snakes back and forth, then you can go back inside and snakes back and forth,’ traveller James Ryall posted about the delays

Passengers have been warned to get to the airport two hours before their flights in the lead-up to Easter

Passengers have been warned to get to the airport two hours before their flights in the lead-up to Easter

Passengers have been warned to get to the airport two hours before their flights in the lead-up to Easter

Another traveller, James Ryall, described the scene as ‘absolutely insane’. 

‘Security line starts inside and snakes back and forth, then it goes outside and snakes back and forth, then you can go back inside and snakes back and forth,’ he posted.

Passengers have been warned to get to the airport two hours before their flights in the lead-up to Easter, as Mr Culbert urged travellers to be ‘patient’ as the industry got back in the swing of processing large numbers of people though gates.  

One traveller said an announcement was made that Thursday was the busiest day at Sydney Airport this year

One traveller said an announcement was made that Thursday was the busiest day at Sydney Airport this year

One traveller said an announcement was made that Thursday was the busiest day at Sydney Airport this year

One traveller said an announcement was made that it was the busiest day at Sydney Airport this year. 

Some people said they waited between 90 minutes and two hours from the time they joined the queue to reach the security gates. 

Widespread domestic air travel only recommenced earlier this year as states dropped Covid border restrictions as nationwide vaccination levels rose above 90 per cent. 

While people appeared initially reluctant to travel again for fear of being caught away from home in a snap lockdown, today’s numbers at Sydney Airport suggests that fear has been overcome. 

Source: DailyMail AU

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