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Following DICEY's post there was more on todays news about the delays at European border controls. BA & EasyJet have issued warnings to passengers and Ryanair has advised the following;-

"Due to extended Travel Document Checks by Border Control Authorities, customers are advised to expect possible delays at immigration control points across our European network.

Ryanair advises customers to arrive at least 3 hours before the scheduled departure time of their flight, to ensure they have sufficient time to arrive at the boarding gate at our recommended 30 minutes prior to their scheduled fight departure time"

Has anyone heard if Faro is similarly affected by delays?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DICEYUK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04/August/2017 at 15:43
I can't find any specific mention of long delays caused by Passport Control at Faro.
However, according to reports on this site, there are long delays at Faro but these are being caused by Security rather than Passport Control.
Interesting reviews though as basically nobody has a good word to say about the place.

http://www.airlinequality.com/airport-reviews/faro-airport/

This is also interesting regarding Lisbon. Why Lisbon and not Faro is hard to fathom given that Passport Control is the responsibility of the Government and not the Airport.
Would have thought that they would be following the same procedures & instructions

http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/brits-complain-about-lengthy-queues-at-european-airports-including-lisbon/42716
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Andrew Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04/August/2017 at 16:46
Passport control at Faro last Tuesday was a joke. They wouldn't let us off the bus as the queue was out the door, once in the queue and inside it took 40 minutes. The electronic gates were there, with green arrows alight, but roped off!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote pyrman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05/August/2017 at 08:51
On the Fala Portugal news last night it said the SEF (Border security) was going on strike .. Aug 24/25, I think.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cameroncleggout Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05/August/2017 at 11:13
The one saving grace about long Passport Control queues on entry into a Country is that by the time you get to the baggage area your bags are waiting for you. So you either wait in Passport Control or wait in baggage collection area which is same difference to me
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Andrew Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05/August/2017 at 11:39
Unless you don't have any bags.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DICEYUK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05/August/2017 at 13:24
Every time we've taken hold bags, which isn't often nowadays, we've always found Faro to be very quick.
Hope things improve before September 12th as there's nothing I hate more than queueing at airports when I arrive.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Analogue.man.in.a.di Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13/August/2017 at 14:05
[QUOTE=DICEYUK]Every time we've taken hold bags, which isn't often nowadays, we've always found Faro to be very quick.
Hope things improve before September 12th as there's nothing I hate more than queueing at airports when I arrive.
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Yes, I've noticed that as well.
Maybe, with the handlers working for private companies, they prefer clearing the bag conveyers when deciding whether or not to leave the E-passport booths open or not.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Andrew Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13/August/2017 at 19:48
I don't think the baggage handlers, Groundforce, et al, have anything at all to do with border control.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cubsur Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14/August/2017 at 11:10
Border control is the responsbility of armed agents of the SEF frontier police, both on entry to Faro and exit. 

If they go on strike, there might be only one booth open instead of let's say 3 or 4. That could cause problems getting into the departure gates for everyone and also arriving at the airport from UK and Ireland. But as has been said, unless you are coming hand luggage only, it makes no difference waiting say 15 minutes to be allowed to to enter Portugal or 15 minutes waiting for your bags.

Outbound security and baggage handling generally won't be affected unless they go on strike as well. But I have to say that on my last but one flight from Faro security were supposed to be on strike and I cleared the queues in 9 minutes. I did check, around 20 flights were due out in the two hours following, so passenger numbers were about normal.

But why worry? There's nothing we the traveller can do about this. I just hope that at least one or two of those responsible for the 'rules' go on holiday the same way as us mere mortals and are subject to the same unhealthy treatment. A forlorn hope, I know.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tonisdad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15/August/2017 at 19:51
Enjoyed the Easyjet programme last night....if you missed it Andrew while travelling you will enjoy it have to watch it on catch up.
Few insights behind the scenes. Mind a bit disturbing when one of the cabin crew is chatting up the co-pilot midflight while the plane is cruising along a x hundred miles an hour LOL.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Andrew Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16/August/2017 at 08:13
Thanks Paul, yes, that programme is on my list to catch up on.
Last night I saw the "Flights from hell" one, unbelievable!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tonisdad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16/August/2017 at 09:29
Originally posted by Andrew Andrew wrote:

Thanks Paul, yes, that programme is on my list to catch up on.
Last night I saw the "Flights from hell" one, unbelievable!

Not the best flyer myself....so I found something on the other side Embarrassed LOL.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Andrew Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16/August/2017 at 23:08
Just watched the easyJet one Paul, very interesting on the training side, can't believe Cornelius, already a FO and looking for the next stripe would be naive enough to be caught on camera talking like that, didn't do himself or easyJet any favours I thought.
The rest was very interesting though, look forward to next weeks episode.
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