Member Advice on What to take on Holiday
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Check-in desk..Rodney: I would like to fly to Chicago and can you send my luggage to L.A please!
Check in: Sorry sir we cant do that service on this airline."Rodney: You did last week!
(Rodney Dangerfiled.R.I.P)With Heathrow and the like facing meltdown at the peak of the Easter holiday season, many of us will be dreading (or still calming down from a very bad travel experience last year), its time to get 'tooled up' for the departure lounge experience awaiting. London’s airports are a nightmare with the terror threat all of us will get very ratty. And it seems BAA (the British Airport Authorities) are going to cash in on that painful waiting around by making us spend ever increasing hours in their airports, emptying the concessions, doing shopping we really don’t want to do, spending money on things we never intended to. If I didn’t know any better I would say they are quite enjoying this endless post 911 paranoia.
The bags go for between £5 and £50; the most popular being outward bound ones for obvious reasons, the inward bounds (dirty washing!) usually going for peanuts. But those bags can hold personal and material passions, punters queuing up at these places to take your belongings away to see what they can scavenge. As impersonal and intrusive as it sounds the mystery of someone’s suitcase becoming your legal property is an intriguing thought. Who knows what’s in there? Incriminating or not. Wouldn’t you like to find the McCann’s lost luggage?-------
Don’t bother taking anything you can buy in duty-free. Isn’t it amazing that these new anti terror laws can strip a little old lady of her nail scissors and tea flask at the check-in desk, yet she can replace them all in the duty free shop, and then get on the plane rearmed! I’m confused why a broken Scotch whisky bottle from the duty free trolley on the plane isn’t an offensive weapon to a terrorist!!! And how do we know the employees of the said shops aren’t able to plant the materials required for these absurd water bottle bombs in the wrong hands boarding the plane? Hardly anyone got convicted from that airport plot from 2006 and maybe this is all a scam to keep us worried and spending money in BAA shops on site in our nations packed airports. Grrrrrr!----------
Don’t take anything breakable. I worked on the luggage belts in Brisbane airport whilst backpacking out there and ‘speed not care’ was the order of the day. I’m sure some of the guys got off from slamming down the bags or trying to land them on the belts from a great distance away to pass the day. Petty crime in the guts of the airport is nothing new and a lot of stuff is stolen. A good percentage of bags that go missing are stolen by organized crime, something I quickly learnt about in Brisbane, my Lebanese work buddy informing which bags were most likely to disappear or be ripped open. One tip would be do not take leather or designer cases as they are first to be targeted and so produce the most booty!--------
Try not to take a car to the airport. Heathrow parking costs are unreal and often cost as much as the flight to park for one week on site. The car valet services are not much better and who knows what the guys do with your car and keys when you’re away in Tuscany. Some airports even charge extra fee’s if your flight is delayed by a significant wait and it’s not unusual for cars to be towed away to the pound if you don’t pay promptly.-------
Patience! Bring spades of it as you will be kept waiting for everything. For some reason although the terror threat is clearly Muslim/ethnic minority they wont introduce racial profiling for searches yet.'Terror Rage’ is the latest angst to hit the nation’s airports as those little old grannies are pulled over to be searched, just in case she has a rocket launcher in the granny bag. The Irish were searched in the seventies and eighties and had to live with that inconvenience and now the Muslims need to play along. If they do and accept they are the bulk of the searches then the queues get moving and we all get to where we need to be. As I sais at the moment it just seems like ploy to keep people waiting around the airports and spending cash in those Tie Racks.
If I was on my summer holidays from college I would be resoectful to my parents and earn enough money to clear those booming student debts the parents have to use all their resources to meet on top of the booming mortgage payments. There’s a certain arrogance about the hippies and crusty types that dress like the poor in these protest camps, purely there to mess up everyone else’s fun, using the disposable income (from their 'trustiferians' dads) to protest against the corporations their parents work for to put them in the best schools and universities!.The Heathrow protesters are there just to ‘get it out of their system’ before they too will become the middle - class wage slaves having to catch those flights. I wonder how they will feel in twenty years time when they can’t catch their plane because of some sociology student showing off in silly wigwams. In their defense I don’t think its right the police use anti-terror legislation to stop them protesting though. The reason this legislation was bought in, for me, is more likely to be about protecting big corporations from protesters than catching Muslim extremists. Security inside airports for staff is pretty poor and the baggage guys could easily get a bomb in the hold.
English condoms are the best make as we have very low intrinsic rates of AIDS and sexual diseases here. Most HIV cases are imported to the UK so once you leave these shores its much more prevalent, especially outside of the original continental Europe. DO NOT TAKE A RISK GUYS, however cute she or he is. Always be aware of women that are forward in Eastern Europe as it can be scam to lift your belongings, my mate getting done recently like this in Bulgaria. As much as GB seems old fashioned it is a very safe place compared to the rest of the world.Summary: Grit your teeth guys!
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