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Rhodes to HELL: "Fighting breaks out" as "thousands" of tourists are crushed at the Greek airport


Rhodes to HELL: "Fighting breaks out" as "thousands" of tourists are squeezed together at Greek airport after "FIVE flights were announced at the same time for departure".

  • Disgruntled travelers lament the lack of staff to limit the long queues at the airport
  • Shocking images show the extent of the disorder, with social distancing impossible
  • One said, "Nobody knows where to go or what to do."

Huge crowds of tourists were crushed at Rhodes Airport today as passengers described scenes of "chaos" as they tried to leave the Greek island.

Reports on social media suggested fighting broke out as disgruntled travelers complained about a lack of staff to limit large queues where social distancing was impossible to achieve.

Witnesses said the crowd was bogged down in hot heat with no windows or air conditioning for several hours, where tension is said to have quickly boiled over.

Video footage shows the frustrated passengers standing in clusters and not moving while a man fans himself out to keep himself cool.

One plane claimed the disruption was triggered after five different flights were announced at the same time for departure.

Huge crowds of tourists were crushed at Rhodes Airport today as passengers described scenes of "chaos" as they tried to leave the Greek island

Reports on social media suggested fighting broke out as disgruntled travelers complained about a shortage of staff to limit large queues where social distancing was impossible

Reports on social media suggested fighting broke out as disgruntled travelers complained about a lack of staff to limit large queues where social distancing was impossible

One plane claimed the disruption was triggered after five different flights were announced at the same time for departure

One aviator claimed the disruption was triggered after five different flights were announced at the same time for departure

Greek islands where travelers must self-isolate on their return to England

Myknos (from 4 a.m. on Sunday)

Crete

Lesvos

Santorini

Serifos

Tinos

Zakynthos

Lauren Rammell of the British girls' group Four of Diamonds appeared to be involved in the disturbance when she tweeted, "I don't really have any words for the scenes at Rhodes Airport tonight …"

One passenger wrote: & # 39; Absolute chaos at the #Rhodes airport. Fights and arguments break out. Nobody knows where to go or what to do. No staff, no control. & # 39;

Another said: “Chaos at Rhodes airport, 5 flights in the same 30 minutes and everyone is supposed to go to the gate at the same time creating a bottleneck in terrible heat with no staff or announcements to let people know what they are doing should or where All flights were delayed at terrible service! & # 39;

A third added: 'Huge queues from start to finish. No social distancing. No control by the staff. The airport is too small for the additional flights from @TUIUK and @ jet2tweets. It is unsafe and cannot continue. & # 39;

A fourth wrote: “At the moment 10 flights are crammed into one room for 3 hours, no windows, no air conditioning, children are crying. Is that what it came to be? @MattHancock @BorisJohnson Do you have something to explain? & # 39;

Another added, "If someone isn't hurt in the thousands of queues, it will be a miracle."

Others said, “Who the hell designed Rhodes Airport deserves to be fired from any job. I spent almost 30 minutes in line for passport control and at that speed everyone at the airport will miss their flights. & # 39;

Images of huge queues without social distancing were quickly spreading on social media today

Images of huge queues without social distancing were quickly spreading on social media today

The vast majority of passengers wore face covers but could not keep a safe distance from one another

The vast majority of passengers wore face covers but could not keep a safe distance from one another

While many Greek islands were on the government's quarantine list during the pandemic, passengers were able to travel to and from Rhodes without being quarantined

While many Greek islands were on the government's quarantine list during the pandemic, passengers were able to travel to and from Rhodes without being quarantined

Vacation companies even increased the number of flights to the popular destination earlier this month as other hotspots like Turkey and Poland lost their travel corridors with the UK.

Vacation companies even increased the number of flights to the popular destination earlier this month as other hotspots like Turkey and Poland lost their travel corridors with the UK.

While many Greek islands were on the government's quarantine list during the pandemic, passengers were able to travel to and from Rhodes without having to self-isolate.

The quarantine rules apply to those who arrive in Myknos on Sunday at 4 a.m. Crete was added to the list last weekend, while Lesbos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos were added on October 10th.

Vacation companies even increased the number of flights to the popular destination earlier this month as other hotspots like Turkey and Poland lost their travel corridors with the UK.

The travel companies TUI and Jet2 were asked to comment on the causes of the chaos.

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