Marcia De Wachter, one of the directors the Belgian National Bank (BNB) has called on the social network Twitter to boycott Brussels Airport owing to consequentially long waiting queues for security checks. She is using the hashtag #allennAmsterdam (all for Amsterdam).
From Antwerp, she has been a director for BNB since 1999 is Vice-President of Conseil Supérieur de l’Emploi (which promotes employment in Belgium). Her plea not to use the airport at Zaventem is curious in the light of this. The Brussels attacks and subsequent events are indeed likely to have long-term effects upon employment at Brussels Airport.
Marcia De Wachter tweeted at least three times on Monday to make known her discontentment in relation to the airport chaos. “No service at Zaventem in an airport which is completely empty. All to Amsterdam please,” she wrote sarcastically before then speaking about the “disaster” in another Tweet.
On Tuesday, she made known that her message were linked to the chaos which reigned, she said, on Monday at Zaventem and added that she now considered the matter ended. This is not the first time that Mrs De Wachter has taken to talking about Brussels Airport on Twitter. At the end of April, she had already criticised the way in which pre-screening process has been rolled out which, by implication, means that passengers who arrive at the airport three hours before their flight, are subject to a dual checking process which is at once “cumbersome, useless and unbearable”.