PICS: OR Tambo apologises for sprinkler malfunction that caused flooding in domestic departures

2018-01-24 15:09 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - OR Tambo Airport has issued an apology for a sprinkler malfunction that flooded a departure hall.

The airport's domestic departures were flooded on Wednesday morning after a sprinkler was accidently activated between 5:00 and 6:00.

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The water had seeped through the floor and managed to affect the airport's offices and lounges as well. Airport operations continued as normal, though the cleaning process is still underway.

"We apologise to passengers and airline partners for the inconvenience. Our operations management is investigating the reason for the activation of the sprinkler system,” says Leigh Gunkel-Keuler, spokesperson for OR Tambo.

One passenger pointed out the lack of resources for the cleaning crew on Twitter, who appear in photos to be using a plastic bag to mop up the excess water. OR Tambo responded that services were stretched and was a temporary measure while they waited for more cleaning resources to arrive.

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Another user pointed out the danger wet floors could hold for travellers.

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