Thousands of travellers lined up this week at Pearson Airport in Mississauga as borders reopen

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Published August 14, 2021 at 5:27 pm

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Canada began welcoming vaccinated Americans back across the border earlier this week, and the process has been anything but smooth at Pearson Airport in Mississauga.

The sudden, massive increase of travellers at the airport resulted in a far more chaotic situation than some were prepared for, with reports of crowding, long wait times, and COVID-19 safety measures not being enforced.

One user took to Twitter to complain about “grueling wait times” while another posted a photo of a crowded Pearson with no physical distancing between travellers.

“With months to prepare and business hurting, you’d think they’d be more efficient,” said Twitter user @TheMCG.

The situation was not entirely unexpected — last weekend, Pearson issued a warning to travellers to start preparing for delays at the airport.

“While Pearson is working closely with airlines and government agencies to find every efficiency possible, it may take longer to pass through the airport due to additional health screenings for COVID-19,” according to a recent statement from Pearson.

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