Massive crowds and delays at Vancouver International Airport due to baggage system failure (PHOTOS)

Apr 1 2017, 3:41 pm

UPDATE – 3:40 pm:

Operations are back to normal after this morning’s baggage system failure.

“Earlier this morning YVR experienced a technical issue with the Transborder baggage system, affecting all US bound passengers,” Steve Hankinson, VP of Operations and Maintenance at YVR, said in a statement. “Operations are YVR are now back to normal. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience to our customers and airline partners.”


Thousands of travellers at Vancouver International Airport are facing long queues after an apparent failure of the terminal’s baggage drop system.

Officials with the Vancouver Airport Authority say the delays are minor, but some frustrated would-be passengers have reported on social media that they have been waiting for as long as three hours.

According to staff, the issue is impacting flights bound for the United States.

“YVR is currently experiencing a technical issue affecting the baggage system for US bound flights and we are experiencing delays for transborder flights,” a YVR spokesperson told Daily Hive.
“We appreciate your patience while we work to resolve this situation and will provide more information as it becomes available.”

Lines are even wrapping and extending to the terminal’s hallways. Those waiting in line are reportedly receiving snacks and water from airport staff.

It is unclear whether outgoing flights will be delayed due to the major delays. Issues with the baggage conveyance system began early this morning.

There is no indication of when conditions could return to normal, however, passengers are being told to check the status of their flight on their airline’s website or the flight information section on YVR’s website before coming to the airport.

DH Vancouver StaffDH Vancouver Staff

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