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Long security lines in Barcelona Airport amid labor conflict

Workers plan to strike on August 4, claiming more resources are needed


24 July 2017 07:42 PM


ACN | Barcelona

Passengers taking a flight from Barcelona Airport on Monday morning had to wait at least an hour and a half to get through security control and reach the departure lounge. Meanwhile, airport staff complained about their working conditions, and said they feel under a lot of pressure due to growing workloads.

Security guards plan to strike on August 4, while tomorrow, July 24, they will meet with representatives from Eulen, the company in charge of security, and will put forward a plan to ensure the minimum functioning of the airport on that day.

The state airport operator Aena told ACN that there were no more operations than normal. More than 1,000 planes were expected to take off and land at the airport during the day.

  • “We are tired and exhausted”

    Purificación Infanta · Airport worker

Purificación Infanta, who works for Eulen, said there are not enough people employed at the airport. The situation has gotten worse during the last year, Infanta claims, when Eulen started providing security. Due to the lack of staff, workers do not have enough time to rest, eat and go to the toilet. “We are tired and exhausted,” she said.

The situation got better throughout the morning, and was back to normal around noon.


  • Long security lines in Barcelona airport on Monday morning

  • Long security lines in Barcelona airport on Monday morning