Prime Minister Saad Hariri and other officials formally opened new security measures at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport Tuesday, in order to end the misery experienced by passengers departing during peak hours.
Among the updates are an underground scanner for checked luggage, which will replace the pre-check-in luggage and body scanners now located at both ends of the departure hall.
“This issue is bigger than introducing a new machine or removing an old one. There is a new order being put in place at the airport to make it like those in Europe,” Hariri said at a news conference, following the inauguration.
“We’re going forward. Are we late? Yes. Are we looking to expedite [the process]? Yes.”
The check-in procedure has also been overhauled. Previously, passengers had to pass their luggage through an initial scanner and go through security before checking in.
Now, they will go straight to the check-in counter, then through security and passport control, before passing through another security checkpoint prior to boarding.
Telecoms Minister Mohamed Choucair also told a reporter that, approximately within a week, high-speed fiber optic internet will be introduced at the airport.
He added that travelers will be able to use the airport wireless network for up to two hours, instead of the current allowance of 30 minutes.
The Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court finding that applicants for Irish citizenship must have “unbroken” residence here in the year before they apply.
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