A thunderstorm warning caused enormous crowds at Eindhoven Airport on Thursday evening. For example, someone would have to wait four hours for the suitcases and other travelers report that they wait an extremely long time to be able to leave the plane after landing. Still, those waiting times were inevitable, according to the airport. “In the event of a thunderstorm, everything is shut down.”

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    “Chaos at baggage claim”, writes one Ger on Twitter. “We’ve been waiting for more than an hour for suitcases and a few planes still have to be unloaded for us. What a mess.”

    “It was misery,” says Arjan. “After landing, we were on the plane for more than an hour before we were allowed to go outside. And nobody told us in the first place why it took so long.” That explanation came later. “There appeared to be no staff to connect the stairs and escort us to the terminal.”

    “Our flight from Rhodes to Eindhoven was even shorter.”

    However, the long wait really only started when collecting the luggage. “We stood there for an eternity. In the end, our suitcases only arrived after more than three hours. Our flight from Rhodes to Eindhoven was even shorter than the one from the plane to the exit of Eindhoven Airport.”

    Arjan does have some understanding. “You know what’s going on at all airports at the moment, so it’s not that bad at all. But that there is just no communication, no water is handed out… Very annoying.”

    “People are furious.”

    According to a spokesperson for Eindhoven Airport, the enormous crowds are extremely annoying, but explainable. “It has to do with the safety protocols. We received a thunderstorm warning. At such a moment, all activities in the open air on the platform are stopped. Aircraft are still allowed to land, but personnel are no longer allowed to go outside. And that also applies.” for travelers.”

    And what about that communication? “It was announced in the terminal. The people who were waiting for a departing flight therefore knew what was going on. In the aircraft, that responsibility lies with the captain.” The spokesperson does not dare to say whether or not stitches have been dropped. “I have not been on the planes.”

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