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Palma was madness in May - certainly wouldn't consider a holiday in Majorca now!
Off to Malaga at the end of August and I hope we don't encounter this. Nothing is simple these days .
We saw this when visiting Salou in June. We did think it was because of a hightened terror threat but was probably this.

I stopped going to the USA 6 years ago due to the absolute disgrace of a system they have at that end. I've done 2 x 6 hour waits in Las Vegas and one 5 hour immigration que in Washington DC.
  • Edited by Goddard1 2017-08-02 06:25:29
Goddard1 "I stopped going to the USA 6 years ago due to the absolute disgrace of a system they have at that end. I've done 2 x 6 hour waits in Las Vegas and one 5 hour immigration que in Washington DC."

Ouch 😱
Passengers flying out of Barcelona have been told to arrive at the airport at least three hours early as security staff take unofficial action that has caused chaos over the past week.

Since July 24, 1,000 passengers have missed their flights because staff at El Prat airport have been carrying out a 'slow down' and taking 10 minutes to search each passenger, according to ACETA, the association of Spanish air transport companies.

The situation is likely to get worse from Friday, when security staff increase their action to include hour-long strikes.

More here

Courtesy of Travelmole
I haven't had any problems at Vegas but we did have a very long wait in Miami where I was so glad we had had a long connection time. I had actually been advised before my trip to have an overnight there, which I thought was a bit over the top- until we were there!
Arrived in Malaga 6th July and there was one guy at the passport point who started off checking passports. I thought we were going to be stuck there a long time.
After about 10 minutes he gave up the ghost and started to just glance at the passports.... saying pase, pase, pase.

Coming home, the airport was very busy with the amount of people going through security.
Got to zone C and there was already a queue to go through passport control, it snaked quite a way back.

Instead of a split second glance at your passport, there were two guys working who did take it from you, look at it and hand it back, so whilst it was slower than the pase, pase, pase approach, it wasn't too bad considering the amount of people in that airport.

Sanji x
Thank you Sanji for your reply. Oh well we will just make sure we arrive at the airport early on the inbound journey.
Funny thing is we travel to America every year sometimes twice and never had a long wait either getting into or out of the country.
I dont see what the problem is...doesnt everyone arrive at least 2 hours before?..we usually get there 3 hours before the flight unlike some who are actually running to the departure gate while the rest of us sit there twiddling our thumbs. If its making flying more secure I dont care how long I have to wait.
We were in Malaga in problems whatsoever apart from some of passport checkers glum of the most efficient airports we have ever used.
" I dont see what the problem is...doesnt everyone arrive at least 2 hours before?.."

I don't. Two hours is the maximum time before a flight that I allow myself, usually an hour and half. Might have to start arriving at the airports earlier.:(
  • Edited by Judith 2017-08-05 11:07:59
If I timed to arrive at an airport 2 hours before a flight my husband would be totally stressed! He is so calm and in control with everything else. His thoughts are if you time to arrive close to the desks closing , you only have yourself to blame if there is a hold up along the way.
I spend a fair amount of time in airports :)
We came back from Almeria in July. Arriving was no problem but coming back was disastrous. Passport checks were done at the departure gate for some reason.

The problem was that they didn't star t checking until boarding commenced. As there was only one operative and he had to take the passport, put it in a scanner which took 30 seconds and then visually verify the person to the photo that took a long time for 150 people,

Boarding started 30 minutes before departure time and we were an hour late on take off, all because of the passport check.
When embarking any flight you have your boarding card and passport checked together to make sure they match the correct name .

Why ? Anyone could swap boarding passes in the main departure lounge once through security if the boarding pass and passport ( photo ID proof ) were not crosschecked .
I got through Heathrow couple of years ago using my boarding card for the previous flight! ! I only realised that when I checked it to see what seat I was in. Scarey- 2 lots of checKS missed that.
We are off to Faro next Summer via Brussels. Big enough gap between flights on the way out, but on the way back we have a 1 hr 25 minute gap between connecting flights. Normally wouldn't worry about it, but given we are going from a Shengen zone flight to a a non-Shengen flight, and the promise of serious delays, it concerns me greatly we'll end up missing the connecting flight with no more until the next afternoon.
I wouldn't start worrying about next summer at the moment, hopefully by then more staff will have been employed and trained to carry out the new directives.
Liquids carried in the aircraft cabin such as aerosols, drinks, toothpaste, cosmetic creams or gels must be carried in a transparent plastic bag - maximum capacity 1 litre - and no container may hold more than 100 ml. Liquid containers larger than 100 ml must be placed in checked baggage.
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