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Heathrow Security

Sat, 19 Aug 2006

An interesting experience on a flight to Beijing today. Not having travelled internationally for a while, and with the heightened security after terrorist alerts in London, I wasn't sure what to expect. And really it was just long queues. A fair wait to check-in, followed by another long wait to get through security. At least hand-luugage was allowed, so the obligatory laptop, PDA and camera came through. So all in all it was simply a case of allowing plenty of time, but having checked-in at 16:30 for an 20:30 flight there wasn't much time left for looking around airside. I should also say that the flight itself with Air China on a Boeing 747 was good. When every airline flies similar aircraft there is really very little differentiation between them. SO as much space as you would normally get and a no-hitches flight.

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