All of which brings us to Heathrow's passport control lines and border issues. While LHR has been getting busier and busierlast Easter saw record travelthe Home Office, which is responsible for border security, has been less than adequate in keeping up. Striking immigration officers have caused grinding delays year after year. Technological fixes such as iris scanners have been embraced to the tune of millions of pounds only to be abandoned. And now Olympic travel is set to bring everything to a crescendo.
Tweeted Olympian Barbara Kendall, who arrived in London earlier this week, "Heathrow Airport Immigration is a nightmare!! took me 2 hours to get through and it is not Olympic time yet." Other tweets pegged wait at 4 hours. The Home Office has been trying to stifle this kind of bad social media for months, taking the deeply pathetic step of asking BAA to more closely enforce the ban on photography in the endless immigration lines. All the mobile pics of were starting to sting.
The rest of Britain, in the hilariously morbid way that the Brits do, has taken to piling on the Home Office's woes. BAA began handing out leaflets trashing the border control agency and giving people tips on where to complain. Birmingham airport is advertising off Heathrow's problems. This, we predict, will only get more entertaining. Provided that you're watching it from far, far away.
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