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WATCH: Violent fight at Dublin Airport raises security concerns

A fight broke out at Dublin Airport yesterday amid reports of overcrowding and worsening queues. The violent footage, captured on video and posted to social media last night, shows one man stamping on another passenger’s head. The incident saw the man hospitalised.

Police were called to the airport after the outbreak of the vicious fight between a number of passengers. Several videos of the incident were shared across social media in which people can be heard screaming.

In one of the clips, one of the men is filmed stamping violently on another’s man’s head while he lays on the floor, and in a separate clip, passers by can be seen dragging one of the men to safety. There are reports that those fighting are from the travelling community, with a video of the fight being shared to YouTube account ‘Knuckle traveller videos’.

Twitter was flooded with anger and shock from those who viewed the footage, and there was disbelief at the way in which the event unfolded with no initial response from security at the airport.

There were calls for the management of Dublin Airport to be sacked, and calls for CEO Dalton Philips to resign over the fact the fight was allowed to take place in the first place. 

“Security at Dublin airport is an absolute disgrace. If this happens in another country’s major airport they’d either be shot or hopped off with batons. Where’s the security in this??” another concerned viewer asked. 

The fight follows concerns over staffing levels at the airport as well as complaints over lengthy queuing times.

“Dublin Airport is rapidly becoming the worst run, most expensive, dirtiest and now most dangerous airport in Europe. What impression are you giving of Ireland?” one Twitter user wrote. 

 

Last week, businessman Declan Ganley said that massive queues at Dublin Airport is giving Ireland “a bad reputation” and could result in putting people off visiting the country.

Speaking on Newstalk, Mr Ganley said Dublin Airport puts Ireland “on the bottom of the run” when it comes to international travel.

He said: “When it is functioning the way it is, it gives a very bad impression, especially when people are trying to leave.

“The arrivals experience is ok but the departures, particularly around sort of busy times, transatlantic flights etc, is a disaster and it puts itself on the bottom rung of international airports.

“It is not somewhere people would want to hub through and it is the sort of airport that is getting a reputation as a place to avoid – which is not a reputation you want to be getting for yourself when you’re running an international airport.”

Tuesday’s incident has also added to concerns over a lack of security presence at the Airport, with many expressing concern over what would happen in the event of a terror attempt.

The violent brawl comes as Dublin Airport last month failed an EU security audit.

Seven ‘prohibited’ devices managed to evade security staff and scanners last month during the audit. Guns, and improvised explosive devices were put through screening in bags, and went undetected to airside.

Reports state that a possible range of sanctions involving additional security measures, could be enforced if the Airport fails an upcoming follow-up assessment.

The European Aviation Safety Authority is reported to have contacted Dublin Airport Authority in recent days about a further audit.

In a statement, the airport operator said it doesn’t comment on security matters.

Dublin Airport maintains that it is regularly subject to independent, national, and international oversight and is fully committed to safeguarding civil aviation.

However, the airport has previously indicated that there are issues in recruiting staff. 

Senator and Security Analyst Tom Clonan said the breach was a serious failure:

“It sends a worrying signal to the international aviation community, and also the European Aviation Safety Authority and their regulatory partners about Dublin airport. We could be perceived as Europe’s weakest link in terms of security”.

“For an airport to work, and for aviation to operate at maximum efficiency, you have to have very highly motivated, very well paid, very well trained staff at all levels”.

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