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Airport chaos: Adelaide Airport delays after Qantas security breach in Melbourne

Chaos has broken out at Adelaide Airport with all passengers passing through security having to leave the terminal – just hours after the same happened in Melbourne.

Qantas passengers at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport were removed from the terminal and evacuated earlier Tuesday morning. It is believed that a man accidentally entered the airport from the baggage claim area and then got lost through security.

Three hours later, thousands of travelers at Adelaide Airport were forced to leave the shopping and terminal area and re-enter security due to “operational reasons,” passengers reported.

According to the airport, the breach is related to the failure of a piece of security equipment.

“An orderly evacuation of the terminal has been undertaken and passengers have been re-screened,” the statement said.

Security screening resumed shortly after 10am and passengers were warned to expect delays and to contact their airline.

Footage from the airport shows hundreds of travelers standing in long lines in what they describe as “organized chaos.”

Travelers at Adelaide Airport were ordered to evacuate the terminal to be re-screened following a security breach. Pictured is the long queue waiting to be screened

Adelaide Airport (pictured) was plunged into chaos on Tuesday morning, just hours after the same happened in Melbourne

Adelaide Airport (pictured) was plunged into chaos on Tuesday morning, just hours after the same happened in Melbourne

“Chaos at Adelaide airport this morning with security shut down and terminal being emptied will be many delayed flights from Adelaide today,” one man tweeted.

Another added: ‘Security just reopened and everyone was cheering. I hope the security staff don’t have too much trouble dealing with frustrated people! Be nice travelers.’

A woman told ABC Radio Adelaide passengers had to wait outside for 30 minutes before being allowed to re-enter the terminal.

Other travelers praised airport staff for how the incident was handled.

“Just got back after the evacuation and I have to say your entire airport team was amazing, super helpful and pleasant, 10/10 evacuation experience, good job Adelaide,” one man tweeted.

The delays at Adelaide Airport are believed to be related to a faulty piece of security equipment

The delays at Adelaide Airport are believed to be related to a faulty piece of security equipment

Passengers at Adelaide Airport (pictured) have been warned about flight delays

Passengers at Adelaide Airport (pictured) have been warned about flight delays

Previous photos and footage from Melbourne showed thousands waiting to be re-screened with queues at the security gates meandering outside the terminal.

“A passenger appears to have accidentally moved from an unscreened area to a gated area of ​​the Melbourne airport,” the airline said in a statement.

As a precaution, all Qantas operations have been suspended and passengers in the terminal are being re-screened, causing delays to some services this morning.

“Safety is our number one priority, but we know that this disruption will cause some inconvenience to our passengers and we apologize for that. We are investigating how this incident could have happened.’

Thousands of travelers at Melbourne Airport have been delayed by a major security breach.  Pictured are the chaotic scenes in Melbourne 6am Tuesday morning

Thousands of travelers at Melbourne Airport have been delayed by a major security breach. Pictured are the chaotic scenes in Melbourne 6am Tuesday morning

Tim Joyce had just boarded his Brisbane flight when the pilot ordered everyone ‘a minute’ from takeoff.

“The pilot told us almost immediately that someone had slipped through the terminal,” he said.

“They have evacuated every person who has undergone a screening so that everyone can be re-screened,” he told the Today show.

“It seems very serious. There are thousands of people waiting at six in the morning.”

He stressed that despite the chaos, the airline’s communication had been great.

“Essentially they communicated that from now on people will be screened on a boarding basis, so the next flight will be screened first,” Mr Joyce said.

“I’m glad they’ve cleared the terminal to make sure everyone is safe as it’s well worth waiting a few hours.”

Tim Joyce (pictured) is one of thousands of Qantas passengers overtaken by the delays

Tim Joyce (pictured) is one of thousands of Qantas passengers overtaken by the delays

Sue Duke had just boarded her flight to Brisbane when the pilot ordered everyone to get off the plane to be re-screened at the terminal (pictured, the long queue at the security gates)

Sue Duke had just boarded her flight to Brisbane when the pilot ordered everyone to get off the plane to be re-screened at the terminal (pictured, the long queue at the security gates)

The lengthy delays tested the patience of Qantas travelers (pictured) in Melbourne on Tuesday morning.  It was the airline's second security breach in a month

The lengthy delays tested the patience of Qantas travelers (pictured) in Melbourne on Tuesday morning. It was the airline’s second security breach in a month

Sue Duke also flew to Brisbane to catch a connecting flight to Norfolk Island.

“We just hope Qantas will keep that flight because there’s a big tour group traveling,” she told Sunrise.

Her 6am flight was delayed for an hour and a half, while at least seven other flights were also delayed.

Rowing Australia boss Ian Robson also became entangled in the chaos at the airport while trying to fly to Canberra.

“A couple of announcements in the last five minutes made it clear that there was an accidental security breach, apparently by a small number of passengers, which then meant they had to evacuate anyone already cleared by security, including those on planes. ‘ he told 3AW.

“It’s going to be a long late morning, I suggest.”

The security check queue stretched all the way to the International Terminal (pictured, the long line of Melbourne passengers waiting to be screened by security)

The security check queue stretched all the way to the International Terminal (pictured, the long line of Melbourne passengers waiting to be screened by security)

Some travelers were already on planes ready to take off when they were ordered to return to the terminal to be screened a second time (photo, the long security screening queue)

Some travelers were already on planes ready to take off when they were ordered to return to the terminal to be screened a second time (photo, the long security screening queue)

Melbourne Airport says screening of passengers in T1 had resumed at 07:30.

“Delays are expected this morning. Qantas staff are working hard to get everyone to their destinations,” the airport said in a statement.

Australian Federal Police are now investigating how the security breach occurred.

The incident comes just a month after passengers on an evening flight from Qantas from Sydney to Melbourne were escorted from the plane by police after a passenger bypassed security.

The error was not discovered until the flight was airborne.

A Qantas spokesperson said at the time that a passenger boarded the plane after accidentally moving from an unscreened to a screened area of ​​the Sydney airport.

Melbourne security breach (pictured at morning) is expected to lead to widespread travel chaos and delays across Australia

Melbourne security breach (pictured at morning) is expected to lead to widespread travel chaos and delays across Australia

Qantas apologizes for the chaos and inconvenience caused at Melbourne Airport

Qantas apologizes for the chaos and inconvenience caused at Melbourne Airport

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