Flights starting to take off from Keflavik Airport again

Flights started to take off again from Keflavik International Airport ...

Flights started to take off again from Keflavik International Airport around 20:00. Photo: AFP

Keflavik International Airport was cleared earlier today. Everyone in the airport had to leave it and be subjected to a second security check before they could enter the airport again.

All the people were asked to wait in the check in area, which was nothing short of packed with people. Guðni Sigurðsson from ISAVIA, ground services at Keflavik airport, estimated that 2-3000 travellers were affected by the incident. He added that this is the first time he remember anything like this happened.

This caused quite some delays on flights from the airport in the afternoon and evening. The first planes only took off only around 20:00.

The reason was a simple mistake. A plane landed at Keflavik International Airport from Nuuk in Greenland. As the security check in Nuuk is not sufficient for international standards, passengers were required to go through another security check upon arrival in Keflavik.

The mistake was that the plane was directed to the wrong landing area, the passengers walked into the airport without going through security and mixed with all the other people in the airport.

The check in area was packed with people waiting to ...

The check in area was packed with people waiting to get back in. Photo: Sigvaldi Kaldalóns

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