On Friday morning, complete chaos broke out at Chhatrapati Shivaji airport in Mumbai as thousands of travellers were on their way to leave the city for Navratri. According to News18, several people missed their flights due to the crowd. It took way too much time to make it through the entry and security check.
While many blamed the airport authorities for “poor management”, the latter responded by saying that the sudden rush of passengers today was due to the “festive season”.
According to NDTV, Mumbai Airport wrote in a statement, “Similar experiences have also been witnessed in other city airports of the country.”
Visuals show how people were packed inside the airport and waited in long queues. Have a look:
Mumbai airport this morning 🙄🙄 pic.twitter.com/f1jz0jisOM
— Anuj Singhal अनुज सिंघल (@_anujsinghal) October 8, 2021
Chaos at Mumbai Airport today. Just sheer rush. Kudos to the CISF staff!
Thankfully I made it…for the free food at the lounge! Phew! pic.twitter.com/mxuvM5bhxB
— Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) October 8, 2021
At Mumbai airport this afternoon pic.twitter.com/MCA8veJ9RP
— Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) October 4, 2021
Good times are back? Mumbai airport this morning. Travel is the new wave 🙂 pic.twitter.com/FC1qRX95zg
— K Sudarshan (@SudarshanEMA) October 8, 2021
"I couldn't take video..was running for my flight..which I missed."
— Tarun Shukla (@shukla_tarun) October 8, 2021
New Normal > Old Normal
— Ranjeet M (@ranjeetM13) October 8, 2021
— Vipul Shenvi (@VipulShenvi) October 8, 2021
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Mumbai airport, T2 this morning.
15 mins to get inside the airport,
20 mins to get to the security check,
50 mins at the security check
Such a mess!!!@CSMIA_Official such poor management #delayedflight pic.twitter.com/r6Zzq69nP7
— Parneet Purewal (@ParneetPurewal) October 8, 2021
— Neelesh Arora (@AroraNeelesh) October 8, 2021
Many also vented their frustration at the situation, including music composer Vishal Dadlani.
T2 AT CSMIA (Mumbai Airport) is a shambles.
Literally feels like we're in the dark ages. Endless milling crowds, machines breaking down, tempers frayed, chaos everywhere. Staff doing their best but absolutely unable to cope.
Who runs this absolute shitshow? Please tag them.
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) October 8, 2021
Horrid scenes @CSMIA_Official this morning. There was a stampede like situation. Every possible system had broken down. Scores of people missed their flights. This is completely unacceptable! @ManjuVTOI @TOIMumbai pic.twitter.com/0hJVZ53tB7
— Sumitra Deb Roy (@SumitraDebRoy) October 8, 2021
Mumbai Airport is a mess. It takes atleast 1 hr to enter and do check-in and then this crowd for security check. How can someone board a flight even reaching 2 1/2 hrs before domestic flight. This is the real commercial capital of the country. pic.twitter.com/OII3s46GZh
— Prakarsh Gagdani (@PrakarshGagdani) October 8, 2021
Scenes at Mumbai Airport today pic.twitter.com/tvh5wOUPIZ
— Backpacking Daku (@outofofficedaku) October 8, 2021
This is particularly concerning amidst the ongoing pandemic as no social distancing norms were maintained. It is shocking indeed!