Two days after baggage malfunction, more trouble at Ben-Gurion airport

Following Friday's incident when over 1,000 travelers couldn't collect their baggage at the airport at all, baggage now seems to be slowly trickling in; Airport management denies any strike action, but a credible insider suggests that the previous sanctions have been reinstated

Just two days after an incident in which over 1,000 Ben-Gurion airport passengers couldn't retrieve their baggage, additional luggage delays are cropping up, with Sunday's baggage trickling in slower than usual. While the cause remains unclear, both the workers' committee and airport management assert it's not due to a go-slow or work-to-rule.
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But a source from the Israeli Airports Authority suggests otherwise. "This isn't a technical glitch but rather a continuation of Friday's actions, and presently there's a halt in both loading and unloading luggage from aircrafts. Efforts are underway to rectify the situation soon," the source told Ynet.
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Trouble at Ben-Gurion airport causing huge lines
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Travelers who touched down around 11:30 on Friday informed Ynet about the non-functional baggage carousels that were meant to deliver passengers' luggage. It took over two hours before one started operating.
Harel Cohen of Ra'anana, back from a family trip in Rhodes, told Ynet that they were left in the dark for nearly an hour before the airport officially acknowledged and apologized for the hold up.
On Friday, some passengers were seen attempting to access the baggage claim area independently. Other travelers said that airport staff vacated the information desk in the terminal due to confrontations with the passengers.
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