30 Jul '11, 5am

Blackout freezes Australia's biggest airport

Blackout freezes Australia's biggest airport

SYDNEY: The travel plans of thousands of Australians were disrupted on Saturday by a power outage at Sydney's international airport. Australia's busiest air terminal was blacked out for an hour and a half, crippling security screening and check-in and delaying "thousands" of passengers, a Sydney Airport spokesman said. "The cause of the failure is under investigation," he told AFP, estimating that it would take "several hours" to get back on schedule. Back-up generators also took "some time" to come on, he added, compounding the problem. The reason for the generator problems was also being investigated, he said. Passengers said the outage brought customs and security to "a standstill" and there was "chaos" in the terminal, with huge lines as people were manually processed. "Madness at Sydney Airport! Nobody going anywhere!" one passenger wrote on Twitter. "Absolute chaos a...

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