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Typically airlines advise passengers to get to an airport two hours before a flight’s scheduled departure time, giving travelers enough time to check in, drop a bag off, go through security, navigate their way to the gate and board the aircraft. But if you’re traveling through Paris anytime soon you’ll probably wan’t to double that time.
Over the weekend Air France-KLM pleaded with French authorities to reduce security wait times at Paris’ two major airports — Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY). Right now, security wait times can be more two hours at both locations. And yes, that’s just to get through the security line — that doesn’t include the time you’ll spend checking in or dropping off a bag. France isn’t the only country to be dealing with excessive security lines — last year’s TSA lines around the US were similarly nightmarish.
Crazy long queues at Orly airport feels like the world is here trying to get through border control. pic.twitter.com/Frpssq6sjl
— Stella Nwimo (@StellaNwimo) July 7, 2017
After terrorist attacks in France last year, the French government ordered an increase in police checks at airports around the nation. Air France-KLM CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac said that this increased presence has led to longer wait times and more delays.
Thank you Charles de Gaulle airport for the 3+ hours in the security line. We missed our flight by a whopping 2 minutes.
— Lisa S (@liska7) July 6, 2017
Janaillac recommended in a letter to the French interior minister that an increase in the number of air and border police and wider use of facial recognition technology, which KLM has been testing in Amsterdam (AMS), could speed things up. Considering we’re in the midst of the already busier-than-normal summer travel season, relief is urgently needed.
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