Wednesday 2 May 2012
T5 Heathrow queues are bitter sweet
Plenty of EU nationals were with me and we all whizzed through, whilst a massive queue was building on the non-EU side.
Most of this consisted on Amercian businessman as it was redeye arrival time. Wow, were they pissed, to use the American parlance.
Waving their precious Blue passports and demanding special treatment.
'Well' I thought, 'Now you know.'
Having travelled and lived in the US, passport control there is a nightmare, in the 1990's I was travelling often on my own on a Irish passport, that meant instantly being taken aside at any airport and sent to sit with the Mexicans and others for between three and six hours. Harshly questioned and then sent on my way. In the same vein the US Government demands data from our airlines about passengers casually states it will keep all this information for at least 15 years.
In fact many non-Eu countries make it a tight pain to travel to them in my experience, so perhaps our Heathrow revenge should be lauded rather than whined about?