Diary of a travel day

4:30am Alarm goes off, kiss wife, shower, dress and into the car by 4:50

5:15am Arrive a car park and get the shuttle bus to London Heathrow Terminal 1

5:45am 2 minutes into Terminal 1 and told that computer system has failed and that I need a check-in desk printed boarding pass. Online check-ins don’t work today. 

6:00am Into security line, where my shoes set off the alarm. And for the 1st time in 10 straight weeks of air travel my “liquids bag” that came with my carry-on luggage is not good enough for security. “It needs to be in one of these, flimsy sandwich bags sir. So can you put all your stuff into one of these please.”

“No, you want it in that, you do it.” 

“I’ll have to call a supervisor”, she threatened. 

“Please do, I’d like to know why today my bag is not good enough, having been fine for 10 straight weeks of air travel through this very terminal. What’s changed in your policies in the last week?” 

Sheepishly she admits that nothing has changed and that for the past 9 weeks I must have got lucky that no one did their job right. 

So that’s all OK then. Airport security not sticking to their own policies for the past 9 weeks is perfect and fine. Really??? 

6:25am rush through the rest of the terminal to be faced with secondary screening in T1 for all those of us lucky enough to not be leaving the UK or Ireland. Yes it’s another line to stand in. For no reason at all. They have already seen my boarding card and the airline will see my photo ID along with my boarding card at the gate and the aeroplane door. Why do we need this screening line? It’s just an inconvenience and delay for the passengers, or could it be ‘jobs for the boys’? There are more people in security than anything else at an airport. I whilst that’s a good thing to keep us safe, some things are really over the top. 

6:37am Finally get to gate 84

6:40am Flight starts boarding

7:05am Take off from LHR on flight EI149 to Dublin. 

8:05am Land at Dublin, passport control and luggage pickup. 

8:15am Coach ticket stand only takes cash, so have to dash off to find some. 

8:30am Coach leaves airport to go thorugh the centre of Dublin. 

9:35am Arrive in Leopardstown to walk to the office. 

9:45am Sitting at my desk with first food and drink of the day. 

6:21pm Packing up to leave office and to walk to hotel. 

7:30pm Sleeping……….. 

5 replies on “Diary of a travel day”

  1. Or you could have the Stansted Ryanair experience….enter Terminal at 4.30 am, queue at bag drop for 20 mins, "Eindhoven sir? Sorry but you have to check in at the next zone!"

    4.50 Wait 20 mins, Ryanair rep calls anyone for Eindhoven to check in at the fast lane. Queue is longer than the one I’m in.

    5.10 One hour 10 mins to departure, queue for security is right through terminal….wait

    5.40 Finally exit security and run to gate…

    5.50. Join end of priority boarding queue for security check

    6.00 Collapse in seat 🙂

    1. Roger, I don’t envy you that experience and it’s one of the reasons I pay for the priviledge of flying from Heathrow.
      Sae travels my friend.

  2. Tim, that secondary identity check is absolutely important and imperative, as departing domestic and international passengers mix in the departures area. Why is this so important?

    Once past that secondary check, you can just turn left and your into the UK. So take the example where a foreign passenger is travelling IAD-LHR-TLV and this person does not have a visa or the right to enter the UK… once they arrive through Washington, they go through security but not immigration. Meanwhile their British friend checks-in for their domestic flight (e.g. you). Without the second check, you could then meet your international friend, swap boarding passes with him (or even just email him a PDF boarding pass) and he could just walk straight in tot he domestic departures area, turn left and enter the UK without having cleared any form of immigration, and without any right to be in the UK.

    This is why your photo was taken just before you went through initial security (landside), and the second check is purely to ensure you are the same person that went through security and by default has the right to ‘enter’ UK/Irleland (as you already came from UK an hour beforehand). The same thing happens at T5, with a photo before security, but the secondary check is done at the domestic gates (A1-A8).

    Hope that helps, Lewis.

    1. Hi Lewis,

      That does explain and I guess it will all go away when finish T2, until the start T3.

      Thanks for the info.


  3. Hi Tim, would like to hear about your return journey to Dublin Airport. Should be interesting.

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