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I am really happy I am retired and no longer have to fly all over the place

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I am really happy I am retired and no longer have to fly all over the place

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New statement - hand baggage only
Edit - even CNN have it
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Re: I am really happy I am retired and no longer have to fly all over the place

I'll be there on Monday to collect my son arriving from Vancouver.
Hope they've sorted it by then.......
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Send him an email, asking him to make sure ALL his luggage is tied with bright orange/red/yellow/ ribbon, so he can keep track of it. and that it has LARGE labels stuck one every side, with the destination airport in BIG letters..... I think the letters for Heathrow are LHR , but could just check....  Also, might be an idea if, he, and you, have large NAME TAGS on your outside clothing, so you can recognise each other, in amongst the crowds.  Roll eyes Cool Roll eyes
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I can't believe what I've just seen on C4 News. $5 billion  and they still can't handle bags properly. BA/BAA must be a laughing stock as the news goes round the world. Heads should roll!!  Sad
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Now you know why I posted the above warning about tying ribbons on the cases... Roll eyes
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It sounds like it is the biggest foul-up since Mons doesn't it ?Huh
Are they also saying there have been problems with car parking. There weren't many cars at Mons to blame.
Are people going to be able to claim compensation ?
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Yes they forgot that Staff work odd shifts, so came by Car, so the staff turned up, no where to park - Oh Dear
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....and when the staff got in to work they couldn't log onto their computers Shocked
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Then some one put a  suitcase on the suitcase conveyor and it stopped  Tongue
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You couldn't make it up could you  Grin
I noticed that the chief exec Willy Walsh was greeting customers from the early flights but he was nowhere to be seen once the problems started.
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Staff car parking at Heathrow (and any major airport) is a major headache. When I worked in T4, we were the envy of the airport, as on the south side of the airport we had our own car park. Last time I saw plans for LHR, T5 had it's own dedicated car park for staff. When I was there of the 50k staff, up to half used cars, which meant as most were shift workers, around 5 to 8,000 could be parked at any time of day, for T's 1, 2 and 3 there were 10 car parks (staff) getting in to any of them was always a bit of a lottery. Possible that many staff transferred to T5, and parked in their "old" car parks, only to find there was no bus service to T5. no doubt it will all come out in the wash.
I still have many contacts still at Heathrow, if I get to hear the "real" reasons, I'll let you know.
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It continues  Sad
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7317909.stm
To think I remember the prefabricated buildings along the Bath Road and BOAC/BSAA  Crazy
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Re: I am really happy I am retired and no longer have to fly all over the place

A lot of them would have been quicker going by road.....
Lousy situation, but hardly a surprise - especially not if you forgot your anti cynicism pills.
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Willie Walsh has just been on BBC News 24 and said things are improving and he hopes to get things back to normal soon.  At least it was good to see that he took personal responsibility for the fiasco.
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James-H says,
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Lousy situation, but hardly a surprise - especially not if you forgot your anti cynicism pills.

Is there a parallel here with the Postini 'trial' ?