Hariri Meets Officials after Airport Baggage System Fails Causing Chaos


Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Friday summoned the caretaker ministers of public works, interior and finance as well as security and administrative officials to discuss the latest episode of chaos at Beirut's airport that followed an outage of the luggage and registration processing system.

Hariri's move came after the head of the Central Inspection Bureau, Judge George Atiyeh, summoned to his office Fadi al-Hassan, the chief of the Rafik Hariri International Airport, and Civil Aviation Director General Mohammed Shehabeddine to question them over “the circumstances of the congestion that occurred overnight and at dawn at the airport,” the National News Agency said.

Atiyeh acted on instructions from caretaker Justice Minister Salim Jreissati, NNA added.

The agency had reported that the malfunction had been repaired at 4:30 am, noting that it affected a baggage drop and passengers system operated by SITA, a multinational company providing IT and telecommunication services to the global air transport industry.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation had issued a statement saying the system failure had occurred Thursday at 11:30 pm, resulting in a “total suspension of the registration process and congestion in the departure sections.”

In another statement, the Directorate clarified that SITA is the operator of more than 70% of the luggage registration systems around the world, including at Beirut's airport, adding that “the full responsibility for the malfunction falls on the company” and vowing to take “the necessary legal measures” against SITA.

The chaos prompted Lebanon's Middle East Airlines to delay all its flights for Friday.

Comments 17
Thumb s.o.s 07 September 2018, 17:35

Shameless politicians!

The only person who was able to manage and fix this broken country was Rafik Hariri. Alas, the Shia terrorist organization eliminated him.

Thumb justin 07 September 2018, 18:09

I am starting to sense you are deeply sectarian, southern?

BTW, will you accept the president also assign the speaker of parliament?

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 07 September 2018, 18:46

Corruption and embezzlement are the tenure's main highlights.

Thumb barrymore 07 September 2018, 18:55

Have you seen what they made the 'desert' look like? Have you seen what airports in the 'desert' look like ( Dubai, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain)?

There is a world out there you know beyond Dahieh and Baalbek.

Thumb s.o.s 07 September 2018, 19:06

Like at what Shia yemenites (the ancestors of Shias in Lebanon) accomplished in their country. Their capital looks like Kabul and Kandahar!

Thumb barrymore 07 September 2018, 19:12

Do you know who built Beirut Airport ya irani? A German company by the name of HOCHTIEF. You lack the minimal basics of logic and common sense to be considered human.

Thumb barrymore 07 September 2018, 19:00

Meanwhile, first things first:

Legalizing Cannabis is a priority
بري أحال إقتراح قانون تنظيم زراعة النبتة الطبية إلى اللجان النيابية

Thumb s.o.s 07 September 2018, 19:12

Creature is too nice of a denomination for him, bacteria or parasite would be more like what he and his people are.... but I agree, it’s far less poetic ;)

Thumb warrior 07 September 2018, 19:29

The current Beirut Airport should be closed or bombed. It is run and managed by a terror militia that uses it to smuggle weapons and launder money.

Thumb s.o.s 07 September 2018, 19:33

+ illegal detainment and interrogation rooms in the basement

Thumb justin 07 September 2018, 19:52

مطار بيروت تحت المجهر الدولي… اجراءات ردعية لمنع استخدام ايران المرفق عسكريًا


Thumb beatryce 07 September 2018, 20:44

quelqu'un a-t-il vu mon cher jaafar?

Thumb s.o.s 07 September 2018, 21:05

Ana Beatriz! A la sortie de l’aeroport avec une salopette bleue. Il essayait d’arnaquer les touristes ce malotru.

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 08 September 2018, 00:50

patriotic his sect in not the only one you guys "accepted to settle in Lebanon" not according the illiterate inbred coward, listen


hell he's doesn't even admit to be Lebanese

No, actually you guys came here on top of camels from Qom and Najjaf and the majority of the thirty somethings are bastard mutts, fruits of a "Lebanese" woman and the Jewish Israeli soldier stationed in south Lebanon who was servicing her. Your "men" were away hiding just like the big fat rat has been since 2006 or too busy collaborating. Your sectarian, racist, tirades are nothing more the rants of a mutt overcompensating for his inadequacies by blindly lashing out at everything around him.

Thumb whyaskwhy 08 September 2018, 03:12

who is Fadi al Hassan? and who is protecting him?

Thumb liberty 08 September 2018, 03:40

lol @ the 'forward' and 'progressive' mentality of a shia:)

Thumb ex-fpm 08 September 2018, 08:53

The Minister of Public Works shifts the blame for this chaos onto the operating company. Typical Lebanese attitude....

The Lebanese citizen pays taxes and airport taxes to you and the Lebanese government and not to the operating company. Take ownership and have an ounce of respect, you shameless people!