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Passport controls were made impossible for hours at both Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen International airports because of a breakdown in the Istanbul provincial security directorate’s Polnet data system. DHA photo

Passport controls were made impossible for hours at both Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen International airports because of a breakdown in the Istanbul provincial security directorate’s Polnet data system. DHA photo

The passport control system was locked at Istanbul Atatürk Airport’s International departure terminal due to an alleged cyber-attack on July 26. Passengers stood in lines for hours and plane departures were delayed, Doğan news agency reported.

Passport controls were made impossible for hours at both Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen International airports because of a breakdown in the Istanbul provincial security directorate’s Polnet data system. The lines at the passport control points increased dramatically and some passengers who had been waiting in lines for hours lashed out at airport officials.

The system has been restored however, many planes’ departures were delayed from Istanbul Atatürk Airport.

July/26/2013

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mara mcglothin

7/26/2013 6:16:56 PM

BRIAN Bird feathers, perhaps?

critical levantine

7/26/2013 3:11:38 PM

Atatürk Airport is one of the slowest airports concerning passport control. Hundreds of travellers are in wrong queues due to and misinformation by staff/police and missing signs. Expect to wait an hour normally. They are so unprofessional that this failure is not really a surprise. Crowd control/flow planning?? Last time I asked an THY employee how one can be so unorganized. His answer: We are angry as well, but its the police at the passport control, they are clerks...

Çılgın Kanarya

7/26/2013 3:09:39 PM

BRIAN IRLANDA, you forgot about the ants and looters, lol. I think on this occasion it was a case of secular ants crawling into the system after being released into the terminal building by marauding looters :)

Agnes Smith

7/26/2013 2:55:53 PM

Well said TRUETURK Always there is no concern for the discomfort, pain, anxiety anyone has to suffer or any recompense - I put it down to being Asian and over populated, but it will never be good enough and well below the EU norm. We are just baggage and expendable..

Richard Wyatt

7/26/2013 2:53:53 PM

Brian, just what I was thinking.... definitely those pregnant women terrorists I'd say!

anton supertramp

7/26/2013 2:20:01 PM

@european, iam surprised you called it istanbul rather than constantinapole, :D

Agnes Smith

7/26/2013 1:27:47 PM

Very suspicious.... more crackdown.

True Turk

7/26/2013 12:21:48 PM

No back up system? The Turkish officialdom is always unconcerned at the suffering of the public. In Europe this would have been sorted out within a very short time instead of being oblivious to the conditions of human beings around them. I love my nation, but we have no sensitivity in situations like this. I can just imagine the babies and children in the sweltering heat.

A European

7/26/2013 12:09:30 PM

When are those Israeli, European and US secret agents going to stop their operations in Turkey? This was clearly an attack on Turkey, again. The world wants to damage Istanbul's reputation so tourists visit Europe and the US instead! These foreign agents should know, he who attempts to damage Turkey will recieve an Ottoman slap!

american american

7/26/2013 11:59:18 AM

good thing it only happened at two airports...meanwhile five ex-cons boarded a flight...
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