In order to reduce traffic and ease congestion at Beirut Rafik Hariri International Airport, the pre-check-in and post-check-in scanners in the departure hall were finally removed on Thursday, and they were replaced with one main security checkpoint.
With the beginning of the removal of scanners that were installed at the entrances of the departure hall, Minister of Interior and Municipalities Raya Al-Hassan and Public Works and Transportation Minister Youssef Fenianos toured the airport to inspect the work progress.
Minister Youssef Fenianos, revealed during his inspection that "There will be a radical change in the airport by removing the scanners, but this is one step in a journey of a thousand miles."
From her side, Interior Minister Raya al-Hassan explained, "We feel with the passengers who have been stuck in the airport in the past few days, but safety is the first criterion. The expansion process has developmental purposes, and we will see more and more facilities."
Minister Hassan also took to Twitter to announce the news in a tweet that translates into: "A Traveler can now go straight to one of the counters to check-in. We canceled the first checkpoint, which was the main cause of the crowd, and the last checkpoint before boarding the plane. A traveler can now save around one hour of waiting. The work is not yet done, we are following with the Ministry of Works to accomplish the expansion."
صار المسافر بيتوجه مباشرة لأحد الكونتوارات ليعمل Check In. لغينا نقطة التفتيش الاولى اللي كانت سبب اساسي بالزحمة، ونقطة التفتيش الاخيرة قبل الصعود ع الطيارة. وهيك صار بوفر حوالي ساعة انتظار. الاعمال ما انتهت، نحنا مكفيين مع #وزارة_الاشغال لانجاز التوسعة.#مطار_رفيق_الحريري pic.twitter.com/DPmzgynbwH— Raya Haffar El Hassan (@rayaelhassan) September 12, 2019
With the removal of these scanners, passenger's luggage is now inspected at the main check-in point directly, and through a new baggage handling system that was upgraded. From there, the passenger heads directly to the Lebanese General Security.
A few months ago, a whole new project was implemented at Beirut Rafik Hariri International Airport in order to improve it with new amenities. The first stage of this project was launched two months ago adding more than 38 passport control counters in the arrival hall.
Beirut Rafik Hariri International airport will witness new steps and projects in the future as part of an $18 million project that was previously approved by Cabinet.