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Now not flying today, but will be trying again on the 16th.

By Andrew Pollack on 08/14/2006 at 07:36 AM EDT

Arrival at the airport today was interesting. There are people milling about like cattle in the car parking structure as they cannot get into the terminal. The terminal is simply full. BA -- who has staffed the parking area with their own employees as BAA (the company who runs the airport) can't be bothered -- advised that in all liklihood they could simply not get me onto the plane today and have rebooked the next available which turns out to be Wednesday the 16th at 11am.

The good news, is the "Home Office" here in the UK has lifted the security requirements to a large degree. For reasons unclear to me however, BAA (not BA, but the company who runs the airport) has declared they won't implement the lower security until tomorrow. According to their spoksman, they are already quite backed up from the stringent security requirements and feel that the best way to speed up the process of catching up would be to continue those requirements until tomorrow at 4am.

I didn't quite follow that logic either, but they don't seem care a bit.

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Not sure you want to fly on the 16th.....By Sean Burgess on 08/14/2006 at 10:52 AM EDT
Elvis died on August 16th. Not a good omen. ;-)

Yes, butBy Danny Lawrence on 08/14/2006 at 01:57 PM EDT
Elvis wasn't one of the (many) rock start who died in a pland crash (cf Buddy
Holly, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Ronnie VanZandt)
Stevie Ray didn't die in a plane crashBy Richard Schwartz on 08/14/2006 at 09:37 PM EDT
It was a helicopter
Elvis isn't dead...By Devin Olson on 08/14/2006 at 02:23 PM EDT
He's alive and well, fighting mummies at a retirement home in Texas.
I can't quite figure out the problem eitherBy Alan Bell on 08/15/2006 at 06:44 AM EDT
I would have thought that if everyone is checking in all their handbaggage then
there would be less to do at security control, therefore it should be faster.
They are apparently giving a higher percentage of people the rubber glove
treatment, and presumably selling lots more drinks and books airside.

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