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2007-11-24 10:38:18 AM
Heathrow and O'hare in a race to the finish!
 
2007-11-24 10:41:30 AM
I'm worried about their baggage retrieval system.
 
2007-11-24 10:44:25 AM
submitter: Considering the pace of English construction crews, it might be finished sometime just before the End Of Days


Dude, it takes a while to down a coupla cups of tea and a read of The Sun whilst taking a dump in the portaloo.

It's called being civilised. Take it easy on the job, man. Chill.

/Phwoarrrrr! Tits oot fer the laaaads!
 
2007-11-24 10:45:57 AM
Traffic is too heavy to get to Heathrow easily. Gatwick FTW!
 
2007-11-24 10:48:04 AM
I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: I'm worried about their baggage retrieval system.
What, no link to the song?
 
2007-11-24 10:51:04 AM
ICBIN_Boutros 4TW
 
2007-11-24 10:51:27 AM
GoodBad news: Heathrow is thinking of adding a new terminal. BetterWorse news: ...and another runway. WorstGood news: Considering the pace of English construction crews, it might be finished sometime just before the End Of Days

FTFY

As if Heathrow needs any more planes - It's only a matter of time before there's a traffic control mishap and two collide on the ground, ripping the wing tips off.

Oh, wait.....
 
2007-11-24 10:52:29 AM
We can send some illegal aliens over from America to speed up your construction. I'd be glad to be rid of them.

/didn't rtfa
 
2007-11-24 10:53:26 AM
Heathrow is one of my least-favorite airports.

It always seems to me that *everything* is at least two miles away from where you are right now. And, to top it off, they don't announce your gate nor will they let you go there until about an hour from boarding. So you end up having to watch two clocks and a departure display while you try your best to not be stuck in the middle of a beer when they finally announce through which marathon-distance hallway you get to drag all your stuff with throngs of other drunk-in-the-morning folk who are inevitably contagious with something against which your immune system has no defenses.
 
2007-11-24 11:06:46 AM
Terminal 3 sucks there is nowhere to sit down before you go through to departures. so if you are waiting to book in you are screwed
 
2007-11-24 11:07:58 AM
I'M SO WORRIED
(Terry Jones / John Du Pre)
Terry Jones & Monty Python's Flying Circus - 1980


I'm so worried about what's happening today in the Middle East, you
know,
And I'm so worried about the baggage retrieval system they've got at
Heathrow.

I'm so worried about the fashions today. I don't think they're good
for your feet,
And I'm so worried about the shows on TV that sometimes they want to
repeat.

I'm so worried about what's happening today, you know,
And I'm worried about the baggage retrieval system they've got at
Heathrow.

I'm so worried about my hair falling out and the state of the world
today,
And I'm so worried about being so full of doubt about everything,
anyway.

I'm so worried about modern technology.
I'm so worried about all the things that they dump in the sea.
I'm so worried about it. Worried about it. Worried. Worried. Worried.

I'm so worried about everything that can go wrong.
I'm so worried about whether people like this song.
I'm so worried about this very next verse. It isn't the best that
I've got,
And I'm so worried about whether I should go on, or whether I
shouldn't just stop.

(pause)

I'm worried about whether I ought to have stopped,
And I'm worried because it's the sort of thing I ought to know,
And I'm so worried about the baggage retrieval system they've got at
Heathrow.

(pause)

I'm so worried about whether I should have stopped then.
I'm so worried that I'm driving everyone 'round the bend.
I'm worried about the baggage retrieval system they've got at
Heathrow.
 
2007-11-24 11:08:48 AM
Terminal five will replace terminal two in March, ZOMG!!one
 
2007-11-24 11:14:15 AM
Forget LHR. I don't transit there since their stupid one-bag only rule.

Even before that, I only connected there as an absolute last resort.
 
2007-11-24 11:25:18 AM
Yeah, I hate the place too. Another airport somewhere other than frigging London would be nice. People who want to fly to London have plenty of capacity already (LHR, Gatwick, City, Luton etc). Birmingham international, or Leicester, or a disused USAF/RAF base in East Anglia.
 
2007-11-24 11:36:47 AM
Gavino: Yeah, I hate the place too. Another airport somewhere other than frigging London would be nice. People who want to fly to London have plenty of capacity already (LHR, Gatwick, City, Luton etc). Birmingham international, or Leicester, or a disused USAF/RAF base in East Anglia.

Heathrow is operating at something like double its intended capacity, it desperately needs an upgrade. I don't know about Gatwick. City can't handle large jets - runway too short, buildings too high. Luton is too far way. Birmingham International? Forget it, I want to go to London, not bloody Birmingham.
 
2007-11-24 11:37:43 AM
Oh come on, british construction aren't so bad. You just have to be... Pacient.
 
2007-11-24 11:43:02 AM
Yay! Will there be 3 kilometer runs for connecting flights? Longer, "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" lifts on the trolley?

/Terminal 3 to Terminal 4, plus security check in under 8 minutes.
//On a Saturday
///No rational explanation as to how.
////Still the last passenger on the connecting flight.
//Baggage made it too? wtf?
 
2007-11-24 11:46:30 AM
When i lived in england i was out walking with some british dudes and we passed the construction of a new mall that they had been building forever and there was a sign that said "will be completed in fall 2008" and i go "Sure does take you brits a long time to build things. If this was Sweden this would have been put up in 6 months tops. I blame the facts that bars open at 10 am here". Then they told me to stop being a dick and we went in to the wetherspoons pub that was right next to the construction and there were as many construction workers in there as there were working outside. It was 2.30 in the afternoon and they were all drinking. The british dudes i was with go "Wow, i thought you were just messing around but you're right". I thought i was messing around too.

That was a long pointless story.
 
2007-11-24 12:00:57 PM
Considering how British construction crews are mostly Polish these days, I'd say Jan Stanisław and his men will be celebrating their job being finished before in time for Christmas 2008.

Assuming of course they can just get on with it, and aren't hindered for months by torturous beaurocracy that precedes any major construction work in Britain.
 
KNW
2007-11-24 12:03:16 PM
Hire 600 Newfies, the thing'll be done in no time.
 
2007-11-24 12:05:55 PM
Roman Fyseek: And, to top it off, they don't announce your gate nor will they let you go there until about an hour from boarding.

I just flew from there recently, they announced my gate 2 hours before boarding. And I got to the gate quickly and easily. I like that airport. And it's not a huge cluster-fark like Gatwick.
 
2007-11-24 12:18:57 PM
wyltoknow: Roman Fyseek: And, to top it off, they don't announce your gate nor will they let you go there until about an hour from boarding.

I just flew from there recently, they announced my gate 2 hours before boarding. And I got to the gate quickly and easily. I like that airport. And it's not a huge cluster-fark like Gatwick.


I've only been in it twice. Had no problems.
 
2007-11-24 12:29:18 PM
I flown out of and back into Heathrow and Gatwick in the last year, and Gatwick is bloody awful on the inside. It's full of fail. The restaurants stink, the waiting area stinks, the car park stinks, the checking in area stinks. It's horrible but so easy to get out of after you get your luggage off the stinky carousel.

Heathrow, on the other hand, is a nice place to be in, as long as you're flexible and attentive. It has a lot of places to sit and wait, plenty of good restaurants and bars, excellent first class areas (if that's your thing) and the shopping's not bad either. It's a very large airport, so you have to be in the right sort of area when you're called to your gate. I check the board every 15 minutes or so and had plenty of time to eat and shop before I boarded my plane. The access is pretty good by tube, by road (taxi) I wouldn't even bother.
 
2007-11-24 12:35:52 PM
All airports are awful.

That is all.
 
2007-11-24 01:03:22 PM
Terminal 4 is nice, and the Business Class lounge serves a passable bacon buttie, plus wine.
What sort of wine goes well with bacon? Usually a dry white wine, to cut through the salt.
And it's all free which helps. They announce the planes on plenty of time, you can take a shower, they have internet access ... what's to complain about?

But I seriously agree, it is an absolute bugger to get from T4 to anywhere.
 
2007-11-24 01:12:51 PM
KNW: Hire 600 Newfies, the thing'll be done in no time.

Problem with telling Newfies to build an extension at the London airport is that they'll do it in London, Ontario.
 
2007-11-24 01:22:57 PM
Gobobo: The restaurants stink, the waiting area stinks, the car park stinks, the checking in area stinks. It's horrible but so easy to get out of after you get your luggage off the stinky carousel.

I second that. Gatwick smells funny. All of Gatwick. It's like it has hollow walls filled with rotting garbage.
 
2007-11-24 01:24:41 PM
Heathrow must be the biggest toilet in the world. The people there are sullen and unhelpful. It's a permanent construction site, and they delight in having you walk 3 miles in one direction then 3 miles back in the other direction to arrive at nearly the same place you started. And don't expect your baggage to make the connecting flight.

Gatwick, on the other hand, is relatively pleasant and quiet.

For those of us who need to make a connection at a european hub it's wise to choose just about anywhere - Frankfurt or Schipol, for example - over Heathrow. But even if I were going to London I would still avoid Heathrow.
 
2007-11-24 01:50:01 PM
jonescollectables: We can send some illegal aliens over from America to speed up your construction. I'd be glad to be rid of them.

LOL. I wish that were possible. I'd love to see how our economy manages when it loses half its dishwashers, busboys, fruit pickers, cleaning ladies, lawn cutters, painters, and drywall installers, so name a few.

With an unemployment rate hovering around 4%, I'm sure the loss of 10 million workers in manual labor earning roughly minimum would be SOOOOOO easy to replace. Our country would be much better off without the service sector to get in the way of us not doing it ourselves.

Man, I wish that could happen.
 
2007-11-24 02:01:03 PM
City of London airport is great. It's so small and relaxed, and the tube ride into the city costs about $20 less than from Heathrow(only slight exaggeration). Obviously though, one can only fly into it from Europe.

From America, I'd still rather fly into Luton and take a $5 Easy Bus ride into London than deal with Heathrow.

Or better yet just fly into Munich and skip all the angst elsewhere. Most of the major cities of Europe are massively overcrowded and overexpensive, but Germany isn't.
 
2007-11-24 02:47:36 PM
I used to work on construction at Heathrow so I'm getting a real kick... oh fark that

Heathrow is full of long haul passengers fairly stressed, and a lot of business travellers, it's crowded, access roads are busy, parking is very expensive, so a lot of people are pee'd off

Gatwick on the other hand is known within BAA as the "bucket and spade" airport, most visitors are going on holiday, not as crowded as West London so hey presto everyone is happier

London does need a bigger and better Heathrow for sure, unless a maglev train is built to Stansted or Gatwick
 
2007-11-24 02:59:46 PM
Yippe, the forced removal of 10,000 people so bastards can make more money. The destruction of schools, community centres, the communities themselves! Hooray! Just imagine all the fresh carbon emission we can spew into the air so we can fly to spain for a tenner!

The local Mp is not happy to say the least, John Mcdonnell is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour Mp's, and is standing in solidarity with the locals.
 
2007-11-24 03:09:13 PM
http://music.download.com/miteywiteyandthetalent/3600-8543_32-100835938.html

here's the only version of "End of Days" that anyone really needs to know about.
 
2007-11-24 03:21:23 PM
I once had a layover in Gatwick, but I never got off the plane. Probably for the best.
 
2007-11-24 03:25:08 PM
La Folie: Considering how British construction crews are mostly Polish these days, I'd say Jan Stanisław and his men will be celebrating their job being finished before in time for Christmas 2008.

Assuming of course they can just get on with it, and aren't hindered for months by torturous beaurocracy that precedes any major construction work in Britain.


The big thing holding up Heathrow development is NIMBYs. The good think is that they can use the 2012 olympics as a stick to beat the NIMBYs down and get the construction done on time.
 
2007-11-24 03:44:25 PM
Gatwick Fun Fact: When you arrive from abroad, the signs direct you to passport control. There is a circular ramp that winds around a flight of stairs going to the same place. The sign directs you to the ramp, but if you go straight, you'll go down the stairs, which takes seconds, while the rest of the cattle follow the sign, and take several minutes to go around and around, circling around the stairs, going down to the same place. It's fun to point and laugh at the ramp cattle.
 
2007-11-24 04:57:57 PM
While I dislike LHR, I do understand that it's way over-burdened. Terminal 4 is functional, but it's also rather dreary. My primary peeve with LHR is the endless construction. I usually get a car hire and head out to the M3. It's hard enough setting my brain to drive on the left. But it's even harder when the labyrinthine access roads are all detoured and re-routed with plastic orange fences all over the place. I have *never* seen LHR in a state of completion. I guess I never will.
 
2007-11-24 07:14:43 PM
Roman Fyseek

I thought you nailed it exactly, and I did not get the grace of a full hour, it was much less than that. My feeling is that they do that to trap all of the passengers in the main terminal where all the shops are. I had to walk around checking a scheduling board because there was no place to sit to see the damned things as everyone is trapped there waiting for the news on their departure date. So all seats that view those boards are prized. I rate Heathrow as the worst airport I have ever been to with the exception of Belize City which is a third world Hellhole with no air conditioning and obvious criminals roaming around looking for unguarded luggage.
 
2007-11-25 01:49:30 PM
I spent a good 10 hours in Madrid's airport earlier this year, as BA had farked up my flight. It's the most beautiful airport I've had to wait in, although the eats aren't yet up to scratch and quite expensive. The funny thing was all the other flights finished around midnight, so our plane full was the only travelers there. All the shops/restaurants closed around 11pm so everybody was just sitting around, drinking a little duty free, chatting and/or kicking a football around the deserted terminal! Very much different to Heathrow. Although it's a big airport, I've wandered around Dallas Fort Worth for far too long.

/I use Heathrow a lot more than Dallas
//Oops, Dallas was 20 years ago, it might be better now
 
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