Fake firearm strands hundreds of passengers at Eindhoven airport

Cancelled flights, long lines, and heavy crowds. Sound familiar? Well, Schiphol isn’t the only airport suffering after Eindhoven airport closed its terminal yesterday after the discovery of a possible firearm. 😬

The mysterious “firearm-like object” was found in someone’s hand luggage and left a sea of passengers waiting in and outside of Eindhoven airport for hours yesterday afternoon, reports NOS.

A bad day at Eindhoven airport

With return flights being cancelled left, right, and centre because of the threat, travellers returning to the Netherlands were also stranded abroad — and might not even be able to return to the lowlands for several days.

READ MORE | Haste makes waste: Schiphol asked airlines to cancel flights too quickly

Airline Transavia shared that just shy of 130 residents of the Netherlands were stuck in Krakow, Poland, and two flights to Ibiza were also cancelled.

(Stranded in Ibiza? That might not be so bad after all. 💃)

The airport requested that travellers who were victims of cancelled flights went home and rebooked online.

Many travellers took to Twitter to complain about the chaotic mess at the Dutch airport. They claimed there was no communication about what was happening.

False alarm

A spokesman for the Marechaussee stated that the suspicious item was probably a fake weapon. 

Security checks resumed shortly after the military police concluded that there was no threat. However, the investigation is still ongoing.

What do you think about the situation happening in Eindhoven airport? Tell us in the comments!

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Gaelle Salem
Gaelle Salem
Born and raised on the island of Sint Maarten, Gaelle moved to the Netherlands in 2018 to attend university. Still trying to survive the erratic Dutch wind and rain, she has taken up the hobby of buying a new umbrella every month. You can probably find her in the centre of The Hague appreciating the Dutch architecture with a coffee in one hand and a slice of appeltaart in the other.


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