System Malfunction Causes Chaos at Beirut Airport

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Passengers have been suffering major disruption at the Beirut Airport since Thursday night after the departures and bag drop processing systems crashed.

According to a statement issued by the General Directorate of Civil Aviation, the technical malfunction occurred Thursday at around 11 p.m., when the aviation tech operating system, SITA, failed to register bags.

The Daily Star newspaper reported that passengers who had crossed the check-in area were trapped with no water or food until 7 a.m.

The system was repaired at 4:30 a.m., but early morning flights were delayed to the afternoon.

The Middle East Airlines announced the postponement of all its flights scheduled on Friday, September 7.

Meanwhile, security attachés at European Union embassies in Beirut convened to discuss the airport security in the light of a comprehensive report prepared by a European agency that lists the shortcomings and the dangers of said facility.

According to Al-Akhbar newspaper, the diplomats issued a stern warning to the Lebanese authorities, demanding it to resolve all security loopholes and deficiencies by addressing them based on international aviation standards.

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri chaired a meeting Friday afternoon to discuss the situation with the relevant ministers and officials.