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(Kent Online)   French travel companies help out holidaying Brits trying to get home before new lockdown quarantine laws come into effect - by increasing ticket prices by an order of magnitude   (kentonline.co.uk) divider line
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2020-08-14 9:36:00 AM  
18 votes:
1.  An order of magnitude is 10 times.  This is 2.6.
2.  It's for a plane departing tomorrow. Duh.
3.  British Airways is not a French travel company.
 
2020-08-14 9:37:02 AM  
12 votes:

iron de havilland: An alternative connecting flight to get from Orly to London today costs £185, however it is a 13-hour journey.

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Isn't this just basic capitalism though? Supply and demand and all that? And should people who choose to travel during a pandemic not face consequences for their choices?


Everyone loves capitalism -- until they're on the wrong side of the demand curve.
 
2020-08-14 9:10:43 AM  
11 votes:
An alternative connecting flight to get from Orly to London today costs £185, however it is a 13-hour journey.

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Isn't this just basic capitalism though? Supply and demand and all that? And should people who choose to travel during a pandemic not face consequences for their choices?
 
2020-08-14 9:39:38 AM  
10 votes:
I'm a Brit, I think this is fine.

By all means go on holiday abroad at the moment if you want to, but you are a complete moron if you do so and don't consider the very real and obvious chance that something pandemic-related will arise to cause you massive problems while you are away.

You were, perhaps unlucky, but this is not a farking meteor strike, you knew full well that the government and the virus has been screwing things up in unexpected ways for months and you took the gamble that you wouldn't get bitten.
 
2020-08-14 9:41:06 AM  
6 votes:
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.  Who the fark goes on holiday in the middle of a pandemic?
 
2020-08-14 9:23:54 AM  
4 votes:
If only there was some kind of European trade agreement that Britain was part of.
 
2020-08-14 2:38:57 PM  
2 votes:

stuffy: Then they wonder why people hate the French.


Fark you. That's got nothing to do with us. It's all on the UK government.
 
2020-08-14 10:33:31 AM  
2 votes:
Love the Chunnel ride.  The scenery is great.  And HM Customs is fun when you're  the last one in line in LHD  car with Brit license plates (rental) and your present a Yank passport.    Way more pleasant than crossing the channel in a heavy sea arriving at 2 in the morning on the car ferry.

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2020-08-14 12:31:36 PM  
1 vote:

Kelwen: There is a solution with historical precident.
Dunkirk II: this time is personal economics



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2020-08-14 10:01:47 AM  
1 vote:
This same thing happens in the US every time there's a big snowstorm anywhere between Thanksgiving and New Year's.  Demand spikes, zillions of people go online to buy plane/train tickets, the algorithms see this and raise ticket prices proportionately, morons get indignant at being caught on the wrong side of the supply and demand curve, and then chumbucket "news" websites publish breathless articles about innocent holidaymakers getting skinned by evil big business (if this were the Sun, Express, Telegraph, or Daily Hate Mail, you can add in a dollop of that characteristic British sense of national self-importance, and mistrust of those scheming continental types as well).

Of course, in this case it's not a weather event but a public-health measure that anyone with a ten-second attention span and two brain cells to rub together should have seen coming from a mile off.  I hope that week in the Dordogne was worth it.
 
2020-08-14 9:34:20 AM  
1 vote:
Isn't that how it's supposed to work ? I mean, the UK always tried to make the EU all about facilitating capitalism. So what on earth are they complaining about? Supply and demand, baby !
 
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