Irish holidaymakers have shared appalling photos from Faro airport this weekend, with hundreds of people left queueing for hours at passport control with no air conditioning.
Radio and TV presenter Brenda Donohoe told independent.ie, "There was no organisation, everyone was on top of each other... it took about an hour to get down the stairs."
— Huw Pendleton (@Huwpendleton) May 6, 2018
She went on: "There was a woman beside me who was seven months pregnant and another woman who was quite elderly, and the heat in the place was giving her a bad migraine.
"It was really dangerous and it could have led to a very volatile situation. I was surprised at how controlled the crowd was. There was no security, no air conditioning and no explanation. There was only one guy checking passports."
Unbelievable scenes [email protected] as it looks like passport control operators have gone on a lightening strike. Safety issues here as hundreds are in a cramped queue for one guy to check all the passport! No security, no air conditioning and no explanation. @RTERadio1 @rte pic.twitter.com/yAznH2jB11
— Brenda Donohue (@BrendaDonohue) May 6, 2018
Current situation at #Faro airport. @easyJet I hope you will factor this into flight departure time. We’ve been at the airport for hours and can’t get through passport control. @BBCNews @itvnews pic.twitter.com/p4yIzEkHSc
— Created by Kelz (@Poetic_Kelz) May 6, 2018
— Neil Prendeville (@NeilRedFM) May 6, 2018
Absolutely disgraceful crowd control at @FaroAirport this evening. Waited 2 hours to go through passport control causing us to miss our transfer to the apartment, so we’re still stuck here. What the hell is going on!?!?!?
— rebecca (@rbccstl) May 6, 2018
Fucking disgusting scenes at #Faroairport thought we were gonna miss our flight to Bristol! People all running forward, knocking barriers over and barging people after being stood waiting for hours to get through passport control! Babies overheating and nothing being done! ????????????
— A M Y ???? (@ammyyyvincent) May 6, 2018
According to the publication, Aer Lingus delayed their Dublin flight until all passengers were on board.
Just last year, expansion at the Portugal airport saw terminal capacity increase from 2400 to 3000 people per hour.