May 24th, 2012
Folks who have visited London Heathrow (LHR) recently, especially if you’re not holding a British or EU passport, may have been put to the ultimate torture test of waiting to get your passport chopped — that is, the wait to clear immigration upon arriving into LHR on an international flight.
An article from the Daily Mail on Wednesday updates us with the latest, and starts off by saying…
“The chance of airport security queues of up to four hours cannot be ruled out during the London Olympics, the director general of the UK Border Force has said.”
“Brian Moore said he was satisfied that planned staffing levels were adequate to deal with the expected surge of arrivals, but said he could not guarantee there would be no delays.
‘I do not anticipate seeing large queues of two, three and four hours because of the work we are doing to move our resources,’ he told MPs yesterday when pressed about recent problems.”
Love the political talk, Brian.
And, of course, there is that disclaimer statement…
“’However there will always be circumstances beyond our control.’”
So who is this Brian Moore?
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the face of the UK Border Force:
I don’t know about you, but whatever “plans” these UK Border Force folks have on improving the current conditions are clearly not showing.
On the other hand, passengers only need to experience the outrage, and not a written statement in hopes of explaining, to be made aware of a very dire situation, which will (and can) only get far worse.
Can’t wait to hear about those (horror) stories…