It happened again – the spectre of strike looms over travellers. Passengers flying to or via London Airport (LHR) will probably face major disruptions on Wednesday November 30, 2011 when even as much as 2.6 million public sector employees are due to walk out in protest over pension changes.
The problem for travellers is that among them are UK Border Agency employees. The British authorities are taking measures in order to minimize the impact of the strike by training volunteers and fetching help from other departments.
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The issue of airport parking is a hot one and there are many questions associated with it. What kind of parking options are available? What does short-term valet parking mean? And how short is short-term parking? So before you set off to the airport in your vehicle, make yourself acquainted with facts. We decided to use London Heathrow, one of the most popular European airports, as example.
Short term parking
That is a good option for those who simply give somebody a ride or are going to pick up a relative at the airport. Short Stay Parking at Heathrow is available at every terminal, not far away from the entrance. The option can be used for stays ranging from just a sec to 5 hours. Examples of prices are £2.70 for parking up to 30 min or £4.50 for parking 30 – 60 min.
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Some say we live in a culture of fear and if there is one sphere of life it is quite apparent, that sphere is aviation. And if there is one single country that stands out in this respect, that country has got to be the United States of America where the fear-driven security measures strike way more the passengers of airlines of than anyone posing any threat. Let us take a look at some of the most appalling stories.
Concussion at Airport Washington
Robin Kassner will never forget the security control at Airport Washington. Oblivious of the fact that she had a small bottle with contact lens liquid, she went through the security control gate and was literary assaulted by the security officers. The result was concussion, arrest and a lawsuit against her. Luckily the situation was captured by cameras and then the roles were reversed as she launched a lawsuit against the airport authorities.
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From all around Europe news are flooding in about travel chaos, cancelled flights and stranded passengers. Crowds of tired travellers are camping in airports waiting for updates concerning their flights.
The worst situation so far seems to be on airports in the United Kingdom, in particular London Heathrow and other London airports as well as Paris Charles De Gaulle, where travellers can expect cancellation of a quarter of flights and Airport Frankfurt where some 500 flights were cancelled on Sunday.
Although more airports is reported to be affected, e.g. Airport Brussels or Airport Prague has cancelled 16 flights so far on Monday in addition to the flights cancelled on the preceding days.
Judging by the flow of Twitter messages, the airlines whose passengers will suffer the greatest problems are British Airways, Air France, Ryanair, Lufthansa or Virgin Atlantic.
Worst yet, more snowfall is expected. Travellers, be prepared to plunge into a new ice age…
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