This Thursday, immigration agents at Heathrow will walk off the job. Again.
Now as a point of clarification, the border guards are not striking to oppose anything that has to do with the criticism of the long lines at immigration. The industrial action is a mass public servant movement to fight changes to pension plans.
Last week, wait times for passport control were up to 4 hours long at Terminal 4. Airlines and airport officials are fuming-mad at the inconvenience this is causing passengers, so the government has moved some agents from Manchester to London to speed up the process. A more permanent fix would involve a new fee that would ultimately be passed onto passengers. It might be worth a few extra dollars to eliminate a four hour wait just to get into a country.
For those of you that are flying into London this Thursday, we wish you the best of luck. Let us know how long you wait.