Heathrow says airport border queues at 'unacceptable level'
10/03/2021 | news | business | 1,593
The airport regularly sees queuing times of three hours and on occasion six hours, an executive says.
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EC
10/03/2021 16:22:26 928 78
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Where are all these passengers arriving from? Don’t they know there’s a pandemic on?
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10/03/2021 16:31:07 98 587
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They are not arriving, it's a hub airport- people use Heathrow to change to an onward flight
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10/03/2021 16:54:42 28 71
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I don't understand how Heathrow are mismanaging this. I came through in December without any issues; straight through the automated scanners - it took longer to wait for my bag than to clear immigration.

I guess the government are deliberately making a 'show' to give the public perception of a strong border policy.
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10/03/2021 16:57:25 13 45
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EC: Of course they know there is a pandemic, which is obvious because they would have been tested before the flights. Read the article properly.
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10/03/2021 17:05:06 20 72
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Called business people, must people who travel, are on business for work, world is still turning if you time to check
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10/03/2021 17:11:05 6 2
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Most likely UK citizens who were living in the EU returning.#, as its about 3 months since the restriction of 3 month per 6 month period was introduced for UK citizens traveling to EU.
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10/03/2021 17:28:23 7 19
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Business travel is still allowed. Its necessary in some cases too!!
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10/03/2021 17:36:50 12 9
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Its the PM's mates on their way back from lucrative deals for PPE and anything else the gov haven't disclosed
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10/03/2021 17:38:59 7 3
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Boris is allowing air travel and has done all through the pandemic ...millions arrive daily
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10/03/2021 17:45:52 1 5
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People fly from all over the world...billion people you know
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10/03/2021 17:52:53 4 5
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I’m having to fly this week to see my father who’s been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Do I have your permission to go?
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10/03/2021 18:13:06 4 4
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I'm sure they do know 'there's a pandemic on'. However some travel is truly essential and there's a lengthy list of those exempt from the travel restrictions. Contrary to what some think, it's not practical, or safe, to ban ALL travel.
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10/03/2021 18:22:19 2 0
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Yes, but there are no travel restrictions for many arriving in the UK.
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10/03/2021 18:23:08 2 4
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You can sit on your backside at home - thank god a large number of people are out there in the real world working in and outside the UK to stop our economy bombing completely .
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10/03/2021 18:39:24 1 2
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Why are the death rates hardly above normal?
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10/03/2021 16:22:38 655 36
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How can the queues be so bad when so few people *should* be travelling?
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10/03/2021 16:30:06 55 468
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It's a hub airport- people use Heathrow to change to an onward flight.
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10/03/2021 16:57:52 9 21
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The ' essential travel only' restrictions are only for UK residents who are currently in the UK.

Brits who are abroad can return and foreign nationals overseas can enter as long as they are not Red List.

Blame the government for making the rules not the travellers who are following them.
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10/03/2021 17:07:56 5 38
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You do realise some of the world is just getting on with life? This also means air travel which includes transiting through the UK.
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10/03/2021 17:45:24 3 0
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It always is bad, its just obvious that it doesn't get better because there are few people because the management of these places is appalling. They know when planes leave and go and how many people on them it is possible therefore to model when you need staff. Note Frankfurt is actually just as bad as Heathrow, neither a patch on the incompetence at Stansted
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10/03/2021 17:39:29 3 3
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Millions are travelling....Boris has left Airlines to operate
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10/03/2021 18:20:51 4 0
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They are bad when there isn't a pandemic , there is a reason they are called Border Farce.
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10/03/2021 18:23:44 1 0
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People working can travel .
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10/03/2021 18:14:29 0 1
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Britain is the best country in the world. Lots of people want to come here!
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10/03/2021 18:41:27 0 0
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People still travel on business. Only holidays from the UK are banned. Other countries citizens travel as normal and some use LHR for transit, as it's a hub airport.
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10/03/2021 19:04:15 3 0
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Heathrow arrivals is only running at something like 20% of normal. But there are almost no staff. 2 booths open for a whole terminal. Even with low numbers that’s impossible
10/03/2021 22:23:03 0 0
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It’s because folks are going on holiday still l, the measures aren’t tough enough on them.
11/03/2021 02:16:59 0 0
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If they are like me they left the country when there was no advice not to travel and did so100% legally. The hotel quarantine policy was brought in without scientific advice by ministers alone. It is just part of the virtue signaling and fear creation policy.
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10/03/2021 16:24:14 5 7
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And who cares
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10/03/2021 16:32:37 3 1
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Who indeed. Oh, you do. Otherwise why would you bother to comment?
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10/03/2021 16:24:27 340 23
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Why are all these people arriving into the country? What are they doing?
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10/03/2021 16:31:36 21 341
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It's a hub airport- people use Heathrow to change to an onward flight
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10/03/2021 17:16:24 7 13
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Many are working!
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10/03/2021 17:41:23 1 12
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UK relies on millions visiting the country ...thats how airlines make money
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sam
10/03/2021 17:55:23 12 24
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I arrived recently, from working overseas, to see my family for the first time in 14 months. Sorry if this offends the droves of self-righteous people in this comments section who seem to assume that anyone travelling right now is evil/selfish/stupid.
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10/03/2021 18:29:11 3 0
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Bringing in more diseases.
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10/03/2021 18:47:32 0 1
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Would you believe travelling? It's not the whole world that's locked down you know!
Smuggling fags, buying jewellery in Switzerland to evade the tax and VAT, abusing the VAT retail scheme, pointless trips just for the hell of it, normal kind of stuff that GB public get up to at LHR. Removed
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10/03/2021 19:46:45 1 0
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Well they are at an airport, so.
These are of herd mentally.
11/03/2021 01:27:09 0 0
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They are returning home from holiday. Not hard to understand is it. Its not like we banned travel or anything
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10/03/2021 16:24:53 56 12
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Lots of "business travel" by the looks of things. More Covid strains incoming!
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10/03/2021 16:24:57 622 57
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Lots of people travelling in a pandemic and being asked to provide proof of a negative Covid test ... seems reasonable given it was international travel that wrecked the last 12 months and will wreck most of this year ... and your worried about some queues.

Give us a break ... the majority of us have been stuck in doors for a year, why do we give a fig.
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Jim
10/03/2021 16:46:15 400 35
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And if it puts people off travelling then maybe not such a bad thing anyway.
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10/03/2021 17:39:52 3 9
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you can just fake test papers
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10/03/2021 17:48:43 10 8
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why are people allowed to fly
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10/03/2021 19:03:41 2 7
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At least get your story right if you want to chat rubbish.
So it was the travel industry that prevented people traveling for the past 12mnth, was it?. NO MENTION OF A PANDEMIC, did you miss that,
Can i ask did the travel industry stop travel just to be mean to you? or was there
A HUGE, MASSIVE, WORLD IMPACTING REASON BEHIND, THEM STOPPING TRAVEL.
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Jim
10/03/2021 19:26:12 1 11
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You were doing so well until you blamed covid on international travel.
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10/03/2021 19:25:19 6 4
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Totally agree
International travel got us here
As you say, who gives a (flying) fig how long they have to queue
The health of our families is more important
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10/03/2021 19:43:52 1 2
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Baffoon
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10/03/2021 16:25:05 4 7
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remember Fred scuttle Jonson and Patel said are borders and border force are ready and waiting even with the covid restrictions.
Now reality is seen people will avoid the UK
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CJR
10/03/2021 16:27:44 7 1
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Good that will keep the variants out ??
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10/03/2021 16:25:22 2 3
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“If you have a poor experience at the border you won’t come back again”. Really - absolutely love the country but no way I’m going to queue up again.
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10/03/2021 16:25:28 17 13
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This Tory government were elected to protect the borders.

They can’t even do it during a pandemic.

More migrants than ever before and the csncek culture is worse than ever.

This isn’t what I voted for.
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10/03/2021 16:28:15 15 9
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Yet you'll still vote Tory next time won't you.People like you never learn.
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10/03/2021 16:35:32 1 0
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Actually they were elected to get out borders back under our control. Denying access to everyone is one way of doing it I suppose.
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CJR
10/03/2021 16:25:30 407 18
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What am I missing here, I thought only but essential travel was allowed, if there are queues now what is summer going to be like, when the must have a holiday crowd rock up.
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10/03/2021 16:59:48 39 113
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The ' essential travel only' restrictions are only for UK residents who are currently in the UK.

Brits who are abroad can return and foreign nationals overseas can enter as long as they are not Red List.

Most of these issues will be gone by the summer when the travel corridors reopen so your situation won't arise.
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10/03/2021 17:40:47 1 11
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Any travel is allowed
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mm
10/03/2021 18:32:55 1 12
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Again !!!! How many more times. THis is a hub airport people are travelling through.
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10/03/2021 18:46:25 2 2
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Our rules apply to OUR citizens, not others. They can still transit through our airports unhindered. And go where they like on holiday or business, providing the arriving country allows it.
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10/03/2021 18:56:18 6 5
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I think, whether we like it or not, the combination of Covid and Brexit means that international travel for leisure as we knew it is over for the foreseeable future anyway. It may not return in any civilised form for years, if ever. I sense that the world is regressing into ever increasing nationalism, separatism and paranoia. Sad.
Jim
10/03/2021 20:46:54 1 3
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These queues aren't daily its just a few isolated events being blown out of all proportion by the airport and staff unions. Both of which have agendas.
11/03/2021 01:26:16 0 0
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Maybe they are all going for an eyetest? Or they need family members to look after their children? My parents are abroad so its essential I get them to look after my kids so I would think it ok yo travel.
11/03/2021 11:28:50 0 0
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Maybe it's all those business owners who now have to set up a hub in the EU in order to sell their goods?
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10/03/2021 16:25:30 4 19
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Got in early, but looks like I need to have to wait an hour or so before the unintelligent, xenophobic comments from scared boomers begin! See you at 6!
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10/03/2021 16:33:49 6 0
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comments like that do no favours to your generation, makes you appear as uneducated, uncaring idiots im afraid
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10/03/2021 16:35:30 1 0
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But how do you think people are going to respond to you when you start a conversation like this?

Self fulfilling prophecy
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10/03/2021 16:25:41 7 4
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Not too many people should be travelling at the moment.

But I do agree with her sentiments once things pick up again.

Make the UK the most efficient and best place to travel to in the world.

The world's hub for travel, business, technology and leisure.
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10/03/2021 16:38:48 2 2
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Great comment
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10/03/2021 17:03:55 2 0
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I admire the goal...I would still rather we aimed for the best connected country in the world with super high speed internet, virtual seminar production etc..and move away from the must travel for business
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10/03/2021 16:25:56 325 31
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And the moral of the story is:
Unless you absolutely 100 per cent have to: Don't come to the UK and spread the virus.
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10/03/2021 16:37:58 203 44
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incorrect , it should be just don't come.
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10/03/2021 17:29:21 13 5
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And while we're at it: Don't come to the UK and catch the virus. And: Don't leave the UK and spread the virus.
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10/03/2021 17:37:11 8 1
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unfortunately, the true reality is that people will catch covid in the long queues and then spread it ...
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10/03/2021 17:41:42 1 1
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Well borders are open
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10/03/2021 17:58:08 6 14
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Btw...it is the Brits who spread the virus in many parts of the world when it comes to the new strains...so very surprised to see this ignorant comment !
10/03/2021 19:55:07 4 4
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The idea that foreign arrivals now contribute a significant number of Covid cases or even that they bring in variants worse than UK's own is a complete myth.
Embraced by government because it excuses other failures but quite misleading.
But having 6 hour queues at Heathrow will certainly raise the risks greatly.
Queues are major spreaders of the virus.
£10K please Nick Jariwalla
10/03/2021 21:46:21 2 1
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You can only spread the virus if you have it. The vast majority of not all do not have the virus as is true in the U.K. The number with the virus is 1 in 2000
11/03/2021 01:28:31 1 0
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Yeah keep those Brits from returning home. Also stop the brits from infecting the rest of the word with the deadly UK variant.
11/03/2021 02:19:13 0 0
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Sad
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10/03/2021 16:25:57 53 7
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"Heathrow is Britain's hub airport, it is the front door" - if only we had shut the front door earlier

"She told the committee: "It is deeply frustrating as the operator of the airport when you have a queue full of people and you only have two desks open." - Gosh, I wonder what the answer could be.
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10/03/2021 16:30:10 47 6
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Its always been like that - two open desks, twelve Jumbo Jets landing within ten minutes of each other at 6am = and a huddle of hi viz jackets and uniformed staff hanging around talking about their activities the night before. LHR is, and always has been, third world standard
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10/03/2021 16:26:03 548 36
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If they MUST travel then they have to put up with the consequences
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10/03/2021 16:33:53 265 49
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I think this is fair and in general the right approach for a range of things in the next few years. None of us have have a given right to international travel, it is a privilege and should be treated as such
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10/03/2021 16:52:15 8 0
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I dont think ive ever seen a decent amount of border force pre covid. There are always lots of empty booths.
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10/03/2021 17:40:30 3 3
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Borders are open for travel
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10/03/2021 17:49:17 1 2
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consequences is hotter climate
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Vic
10/03/2021 16:26:26 6 11
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Why are we bothering? Why are the government still pretending? Lockdown is over, clearly.
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10/03/2021 16:42:20 0 1
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Funny thing is...in the |London bubble they seem to want lockdown forever...
Aaaah....the London bubble `elite`, eh!
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10/03/2021 16:26:27 119 16
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the queue is lot shorter at home - stay home!
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10/03/2021 16:26:42 107 12
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Tough.
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10/03/2021 16:31:14 32 163
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At least they have a yearning for travel and adventure rather than posting envious comments.
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10/03/2021 17:43:54 0 1
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tough borders
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10/03/2021 16:26:46 319 36
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Can’t have it both ways. Either we want to check people out and continue to protect our citizens or we don’t. Too many snowflakes about. Get over it and do as you’re told!! Why are you travelling anyway?
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10/03/2021 16:30:06 50 395
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Because they want to live their lives without state intervention. I say this as a proud 'snowflake'.
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JGC
10/03/2021 17:35:04 11 8
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Airlines must submit details of all the passengers before they can take off from their origin including the passport details and nationality. So Heathrow Airport and the UK Border Force know how many people will be arriving when and where from. So they need to get sufficient staff to process them. Long queues are just a symptom of bad planning. Probably just need to bring staff back from Furlough
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10/03/2021 17:42:02 3 6
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Boris favours the travel industry and air lines
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10/03/2021 18:48:19 3 2
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The snowflakes are the ones hiding under their beds.
10/03/2021 20:31:11 2 2
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Can everyone stop using the word "snowflake?" The use of this as a Right wing pejorative, along with "woke" and "Lefty" is driving me nuts!
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10/03/2021 16:27:13 217 27
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If you don’t like then don’t be so selfish don’t fly. You know the rules and situation
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sam
10/03/2021 17:56:27 87 128
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I arrived recently, from working overseas, to see my family for the first time in 14 months. Sorry if this offends the droves of self-righteous people in this comments section who seem to assume that anyone travelling right now is evil/selfish/stupid.
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10/03/2021 16:27:15 175 35
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I really don’t care! I don’t see a need for any travel at the moment, especially as most, if not all, business can be undertaken online/zoom.
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10/03/2021 17:18:02 22 108
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Without inward travel we would have food rationing
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10/03/2021 17:43:09 3 4
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UK is international
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10/03/2021 17:51:50 4 7
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Actually..it can't. Not sure why you think it can.

You sort of remind me of the car dealer who seemed put out I wasn't going to spend loads on a new car without seeing / driving it first. According to him.....on line viewings are a suitable alternative...thanks to the pandemic. Don't think so.
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sam
10/03/2021 17:57:26 3 16
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I arrived recently, from working overseas, to see my family for the first time in 14 months. Sorry if this offends the droves of self-righteous people in this comments section who seem to assume that anyone travelling right now is evil/selfish/stupid.
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10/03/2021 18:40:09 3 3
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And that’s the real problem - you and your like only care about yourselves. All business can be undertaken online / zoom . You have not got a clue - what was your job in the real world . I assume not a key roll in growing / saving a business !!
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10/03/2021 18:56:09 2 2
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You really do live a sad and sheltered life under that bed, don't you/
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10/03/2021 19:21:39 1 2
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Don't worry. The tooth fairy will continue to pay your benefits if no-one works.
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10/03/2021 16:27:16 29 6
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No sympathy at all. Heathrow was bad pre Covid and Brexit, it can only get worse.
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10/03/2021 16:27:28 36 5
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If you go to Charles De Gaulle you’ll soon come back to Heathrow. Chaotic airport even in normal times
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Mal
10/03/2021 16:27:44 8 5
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So while people are queuing for hours are we not increasing the risk of transmission?
Surely get them out asap.
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10/03/2021 16:25:05 4 7
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remember Fred scuttle Jonson and Patel said are borders and border force are ready and waiting even with the covid restrictions.
Now reality is seen people will avoid the UK
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CJR
10/03/2021 16:27:44 7 1
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Good that will keep the variants out ??
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10/03/2021 16:28:06 7 34
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I think people should be directing anger at 65+ who are abusing the rules since they are vaccinated and who think that the rules don't apply to them!!!!!
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10/03/2021 16:30:35 9 5
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I think enough anger has been directed at the over 65s for a good couple of years
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Gd
10/03/2021 16:32:18 7 2
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Don't tar us all with the same brush !!!
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10/03/2021 16:33:32 2 9
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Just because your old, the rules still apply, poor young people, we sacrificed our education for 65+ and now they have no sympathy and just do what ever they want
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10/03/2021 16:36:55 1 1
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The fact that everyone is disliking the comment proves my point!!!!!
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Rob
10/03/2021 16:38:54 2 0
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there don't appear to be many over 65s in the pics.
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10/03/2021 16:39:16 4 1
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I think you will find it is people under 30 abusing the lockdown, how over 65s do you know who are going to raves or ramming the beaches
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10/03/2021 16:39:54 0 0
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Seeing as you like the CCP style rules so much.....
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10/03/2021 17:02:13 1 0
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WELL SAID - Finally someone exposing these reckless behaviour- and to all those claiming this is fake news - the ***ONS*** released data saying 40% of over 80s breeched rules after they had their first dose of vaccine
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10/03/2021 16:25:28 17 13
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This Tory government were elected to protect the borders.

They can’t even do it during a pandemic.

More migrants than ever before and the csncek culture is worse than ever.

This isn’t what I voted for.
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10/03/2021 16:28:15 15 9
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Yet you'll still vote Tory next time won't you.People like you never learn.
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10/03/2021 16:36:19 0 0
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While this comment looks a hell of a lot like the opposite side of the same coin
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10/03/2021 16:39:06 0 0
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and if you know better get elected
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10/03/2021 16:28:26 32 13
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People DO have to travel, you know..... especially the ones who have a son as the PM and have an urgent need to see their villa in Greece or wherever. What these queues show is a Government that is failing to plan properly and is out of its depth on most issues. Perhaps they can give a contract to one of their chums to alleviate the situation.
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10/03/2021 16:28:27 142 12
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If you don't want to queue for hours, don't come...
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10/03/2021 16:31:04 48 5
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Seems so simple eh?
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10/03/2021 16:29:23 11 17
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Easier to get in if you are an illegal immigrant!
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10/03/2021 16:34:13 6 3
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You realise the UK signed up to asylum agreements decades ago? It is not illegal to cross the Channel or seek asylum in any country you wish. You are only "illegal" if your asylum application fails and then refuse to leave.

If you choose to be British, at least learn the law.....
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10/03/2021 16:43:54 0 0
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Racist comment. There is no such thing as an 'illegal' immigrant. I expect you voted for the disaster that is Brexit.
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10/03/2021 16:29:31 14 1
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Riveting HYS......must be other topics more interesting. They do say the British like queuing.
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10/03/2021 16:29:39 15 5
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Simple, don’t cut the Home Office budgets and recruit more BF staff.
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10/03/2021 16:22:38 655 36
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How can the queues be so bad when so few people *should* be travelling?
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10/03/2021 16:30:06 55 468
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It's a hub airport- people use Heathrow to change to an onward flight.
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10/03/2021 16:36:58 84 1
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This is incorrect. Passengers from connecting flights do not pass through Immigration.
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10/03/2021 16:38:16 26 0
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See my comment earlier - if it is a connecting flight then they don't go through border control. Sorry, take it back, if the layover is more than 24 hours you do. My mistake,
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10/03/2021 16:39:56 30 0
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In which case in most scenarios you don't go through immigration, just transfer
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10/03/2021 16:43:52 0 21
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That’s true
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10/03/2021 17:18:29 20 0
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Changing to an onward flight to another country does not require you to enter the UK border. You just transfer air-side...
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10/03/2021 17:20:46 4 0
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ok where are they travelling onto i thought the checks were for entry to the uk and hub travellers is that right would remain airside still seems a lot of foot traffic that must be so essential ,they need extra capacity to check and that has to be a top down decision or maybe they are trying to put people off coming through the UK
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10/03/2021 17:35:27 5 1
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So it's OK to use Heathrow as a hub - like those who flew back from Brazil onto Aberdeen?
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10/03/2021 17:44:42 4 1
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If passengers are changing (ie. In transit) to an onward flight they don't need to go through border control. Donut
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10/03/2021 17:56:49 3 2
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They are still travelling and onward flights do not require passport control. So this is nothing to do with Heathrow being a hub, it is to doi with people travelling during a pandemic, Essential travel? I think not. Stand by for more varients and further lockdowns. THIS is what caused half the problems in the first place!
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10/03/2021 18:31:34 1 0
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@@Westham. Are you in a bubble as well?
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10/03/2021 18:37:27 1 0
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Yes, but they still arrive from somewhere don't they? Those coming in from one flight and transferring to another flight would not get caught up in the queues.

Or do you think there is some 'maker' creating human beings in the airport?
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10/03/2021 18:48:12 0 0
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You do not pass immigration when passing through a HUB
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10/03/2021 19:01:23 0 1
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Er ... missing the point!
PH
10/03/2021 19:58:13 0 1
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Read the article. Queues for border control. You do not need to go through border control to fly on. These people are entering the country!
10/03/2021 20:29:30 0 0
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So, as has been asked, why are so many people traveling? Selfish made up reasons in the main I suspect. ??
11/03/2021 09:28:58 0 0
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That doesn't answer the question.

Even if they are changing to an onward flight; the question remains; should they all really be travelling?
11/03/2021 10:44:46 0 0
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You have posted the same thing numerous times. Fact is that there are very few feeders operating into LHR at present, and the PAX figures from LHR themselves underscores this.
11/03/2021 10:46:58 0 0
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You are missing the point, they shouldn't be travelling, full stop.
PS
11/03/2021 10:47:28 0 0
bbc
And so what, they shouldn't be flying full stop.
Removed
19
10/03/2021 16:26:46 319 36
bbc
Can’t have it both ways. Either we want to check people out and continue to protect our citizens or we don’t. Too many snowflakes about. Get over it and do as you’re told!! Why are you travelling anyway?
34
10/03/2021 16:30:06 50 395
bbc
Because they want to live their lives without state intervention. I say this as a proud 'snowflake'.
167
10/03/2021 16:50:56 56 9
bbc
I'd say if you think you are entitled to travel, then don't expect any help from the NHS for you or your family if you need it due to catching the virus.
339
10/03/2021 17:26:36 36 2
bbc
Will you take personal responsibility should you happen to infect someone........................................................................... Thought not!
351
10/03/2021 17:29:22 48 4
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Avondale47
I have now lost two friends to Covid19, also a Nephew and another friend who could not have their cancer treatment needed because of Covid 19 who has since died. So proud "snowflake" that's why I get angry with people like you.
656
10/03/2021 18:30:07 6 1
bbc
Well don't we all..but they can wait like the rest of us
728
10/03/2021 18:46:58 8 1
bbc
Ah bless ya MrHappy. Cause of grief for those you unashamedly kill by spreading the virus. Stay home pet.
808
10/03/2021 19:01:08 7 1
bbc
What utter tosh. "Without state intervention" is a completely meaningless phrase. Do you compare a few imbeciles having to queue to the outrages being perpetrated in Hong Kong.
975
10/03/2021 19:23:25 2 0
bbc
I feel you are 1of the type i was talking about. 1of the gathered up and dumped ones.
Intelligence is also a quality we sadly dont all benifit from having.
Do you.
985
10/03/2021 19:29:25 7 1
bbc
We all want to have our lives back
The entitled few ought to wait a little longer until its safer to do so
Or just stop moaning
10/03/2021 22:17:14 0 0
bbc
Why be proud of being a snowflake - unless your brain isn't firing on all cylinders. Some people just want to live and not be killed by the snowflakes Just how do live your life without state intervention. You need a passport to travel and documents to prove your entitled to travel. Then there is working and thus paying tax and NI. And of course medical treatment. Oh dear state intervention
VoR
11/03/2021 00:26:42 0 0
bbc
Apparently intervention is required when people would otherwise blithely behave like dangerous idiots.
11/03/2021 01:31:22 0 0
bbc
Then they should not take state aid from furlough or NHS when infected. Dont want the state then stay private
11/03/2021 08:27:46 0 0
bbc
An admirable sentiment but impossible to achieve unless living on a desert island
JB
11/03/2021 16:14:58 0 0
bbc
and has this 'proud snowflake' allowed the state to intervene and provide his/her/its covid jab free of charge?
14
10/03/2021 16:25:57 53 7
bbc
"Heathrow is Britain's hub airport, it is the front door" - if only we had shut the front door earlier

"She told the committee: "It is deeply frustrating as the operator of the airport when you have a queue full of people and you only have two desks open." - Gosh, I wonder what the answer could be.
35
10/03/2021 16:30:10 47 6
bbc
Its always been like that - two open desks, twelve Jumbo Jets landing within ten minutes of each other at 6am = and a huddle of hi viz jackets and uniformed staff hanging around talking about their activities the night before. LHR is, and always has been, third world standard
233
10/03/2021 17:00:30 1 0
bbc
Could not agree more - If I never have to go through that hell hole again I will be very happy...coming in on the 6/7am fights was always a 2 hour wait unless you got lucky with being the first 1 or 2 planes of 8/10 to un load....its probably only been exceeded in its excrement service levels by Phoenix / LAX..
541
10/03/2021 18:04:52 1 0
bbc
I travel long haul regularly and I avoid Heathrow. Prefer to fly via Amsterdam or Dubai.
36
10/03/2021 16:30:18 12 5
bbc
I struggle to have sympathy.

As to people travelling via Charles De Gaulle instead, well I guess that is their choice, if there final destination isn't the UK.

However I cannot see them doing that if they are coming here, as they will still need to enter the UK somewhere. Be it Eurostar or another plane.

As Covid restrictions are gradually eased then Border Force processes will also change.
26
10/03/2021 16:28:06 7 34
bbc
I think people should be directing anger at 65+ who are abusing the rules since they are vaccinated and who think that the rules don't apply to them!!!!!
37
10/03/2021 16:30:35 9 5
bbc
I think enough anger has been directed at the over 65s for a good couple of years
91
10/03/2021 16:38:30 1 1
bbc
Well no because they cost the economy the most out of every generation!!
94
10/03/2021 16:38:54 1 1
bbc
Brexiteers!!
38
10/03/2021 16:30:58 682 59
bbc
Sorry, if you must travel during a pandemic expect there to be thorough checks at the border. UK citzens have made huge sacrifices for the past 12 months and finally we are imposing sensible border controls aimed at protecting the health of the nation.
131
10/03/2021 16:44:40 173 9
bbc
Tough to argue with this, but im sure we are about to see many different attempts at it....
441
10/03/2021 17:40:14 7 2
bbc
borders are still open for travel
475
10/03/2021 17:49:44 15 9
bbc
Boris favour foreign business not UK citizens
484
10/03/2021 17:51:36 7 2
bbc
Hear hear
627
10/03/2021 18:25:09 8 26
bbc
Lock your door , hide under the bed sheets and let others work and keep the economy ticking over .
666
10/03/2021 18:32:13 6 12
bbc
This is a misunderstanding. The only health risks are to the workers at the airport, which would be an understandable defence if the government argued it. However, border controls in the sense you refer to aren't in place. Travel is still possible. Try not to spread misinformation where you can.
743
10/03/2021 18:49:11 3 7
bbc
Are you assuming all those at the airports are not British ?
810
10/03/2021 19:01:10 11 6
bbc
If they do not like queuing don't fly into British Airports. How many of these are Brits returning from holiday. Majority!
Government does not want to look bad but turn them back before they leave.

Australia did it why can't our government get anything right. Too late and too lacked, story of the last 12 months
822
10/03/2021 19:04:03 36 0
bbc
I have a friend who came over for his mother's funeral from the USA. He was fully prepared, did exactly as he was told, including all the testing and self-isolating. He knew it would be stressful and didn't complain. People should only fly if it's essential, and like my friend, accept the restrictions with good grace.
10/03/2021 21:00:54 0 0
bbc
It's not about being thorough (though that's important too), it's about being efficient and effective at delivering a service.
10/03/2021 22:37:05 2 1
bbc
Spot on! I've little sympathy for those arriving, not having read and followed the rules. In fact I'd fine them on the spot to meet the additional costs they've helped produce.like overtime for staff clearing backlogs....
11/03/2021 00:18:31 2 0
bbc
Chris, you travelled through airports 30+ years ago? Guess what? You are about to be screwed over backwards. Customs was shit 30 years ago and you are going to see it again. Gammon gets cooked.
11/03/2021 01:23:01 1 0
bbc
Sacrifices? Hahaha most people have been carrying on as normal. Its not like we are in Syria.
29
10/03/2021 16:28:27 142 12
bbc
If you don't want to queue for hours, don't come...
39
10/03/2021 16:31:04 48 5
bbc
Seems so simple eh?
10/03/2021 22:48:18 1 0
bbc
Yes it really is that simple.
No one cares about how long you have to wait.
1
EC
10/03/2021 16:22:26 928 78
bbc
Where are all these passengers arriving from? Don’t they know there’s a pandemic on?
40
10/03/2021 16:31:07 98 587
bbc
They are not arriving, it's a hub airport- people use Heathrow to change to an onward flight
63
BW
10/03/2021 16:34:40 344 3
bbc
This is incorrect. Passengers from connecting flights do not pass through Immigration.
65
10/03/2021 16:34:51 183 12
bbc
Shouldn't be travelling regardless, and did you know if you have a connecting flight you stay airside and don't need to pass through border control. So yes, all these people are arriving and whether they're staying one night or indefinitely, they're leaving the airport.
74
10/03/2021 16:36:08 95 2
bbc
But where to?

If it is a connecting flight then they don't have to go through border control. Something doesn't make sense https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/layovers-and-transiting
126
10/03/2021 16:43:26 102 1
bbc
The queues are those wanting to enter the UK. Transfers have a different process surely?
170
10/03/2021 16:51:05 62 15
bbc
It's still international travel. I don't think viruses distinguish between arrivals and passengers making connecting flights.
195
10/03/2021 16:55:27 14 30
bbc
If you are changing airline or terminal you usually do pass through immigration.
264
10/03/2021 16:54:03 37 4
bbc
You dont go through border control if you are transiting to another flight.
277
10/03/2021 17:08:17 21 1
bbc
In which case they DO NOT cross the border and therefore do not come into contact with the Border Force, the entire 'Transit' proses takes place 'Air Side', all that is required is advance completion of departure forms
308
10/03/2021 17:18:15 12 1
bbc
Changing to an onward flight to another country does not require you to enter the UK border. You just transfer air-side...
325
10/03/2021 17:21:42 9 1
bbc
Pay attention, West Ham, and stop repeating yourself.
330
10/03/2021 17:23:09 11 1
bbc
Passengers who are in transit would NOT be using the UK Border Force as they are merely in transit and not technically entering the UK.........
368
10/03/2021 17:34:01 8 5
bbc
You are wrong - these are inbound queues and they should not be flying. They sicken me.
377
10/03/2021 17:35:50 6 0
bbc
More ignorance of what actually happens. Transit passengers do not pass border control
383
10/03/2021 17:36:32 4 0
bbc
... and in that case don't cross the border.
391
10/03/2021 17:37:41 6 0
bbc
I don't think passengers connecting to a flight outside UK are required to cross the border as they are in transit. The queues only contain those waiting to enter UK
425
10/03/2021 17:44:42 5 0
bbc
In which case they need not go through these checks.....that is not a real explanation
435
10/03/2021 17:45:54 5 0
bbc
Then they don't need to go through border control. That is only for passengers actually entering the UK
477
10/03/2021 17:50:08 4 0
bbc
They don’t have to go through border control then do they Westham
526
10/03/2021 18:00:48 5 0
bbc
If they are in transit they don't go through the immigration control. All these people are entering the UK.
553
10/03/2021 18:07:09 3 0
bbc
Those people don't go through passport control, do they ?
584
10/03/2021 18:00:27 4 0
bbc
They don't go through Border Force when transferring.
608
10/03/2021 18:20:50 2 0
bbc
You dont need to go through border control if you're on a connecting flight
625
10/03/2021 18:24:51 6 0
bbc
There is just too much flying! How do you think Covid got spread around the world? It's still happening!
676
10/03/2021 18:33:42 4 2
bbc
You miss the point ..
WHY ARE THRSE PEOPLE TRAVELLING THE GLOBE DURING A PANDEMIC!??
680
10/03/2021 18:35:59 2 1
bbc
"They are not arriving, it's a hub airport- people use Heathrow to change to an onward flight"

Duh if they are changing, that means they have come from somewhere else! They arrive and then they move on, either to the country itself or to another flight, if the latter they don't get snarled up in the queues.
41
10/03/2021 16:31:13 181 12
bbc
Amazed;
a. why are all these people flying?
b.where are they flying from?
c.Have they got all the right paperwork/measures in place to comply wit the relevant legislation?
My bet is that whilst it would take longer to process folks through customs/immigation is that its being made 2 or 3 times as long as the folks haven't got the papers/jabs etc and are being held up for that.
Keep it up!!
119
10/03/2021 16:42:19 8 70
bbc
Good luck to them.
451
10/03/2021 17:42:25 3 2
bbc
Boris has left borders open for mutations
769
10/03/2021 18:53:05 0 0
bbc
Most don't need our documentation, they're just passing through. Not all passengers are visiting the UK, far too many restrictions!
18
10/03/2021 16:26:42 107 12
bbc
Tough.
42
10/03/2021 16:31:14 32 163
bbc
At least they have a yearning for travel and adventure rather than posting envious comments.
110
Rob
10/03/2021 16:40:51 27 3
bbc
hardly an envious comment. People shouldn't be flying, if they get caught in long queues ...... tough!
151
10/03/2021 16:48:05 20 2
bbc
What a silly response! Did you really think before you wrote this?
532
10/03/2021 18:01:41 9 0
bbc
??
MrHappy is pro covid deaths. Removed
10/03/2021 20:22:11 2 0
bbc
Baffoon
VoR
11/03/2021 00:36:09 0 0
bbc
And yet they'd kill fewer people if they posted envious comments.
11/03/2021 01:00:20 0 0
bbc
Many millions of us have the same yearning but stick to the rules.
11/03/2021 10:35:11 0 0
bbc
Aw, did someone's holiday get cancelled this year?
43
10/03/2021 16:31:22 253 31
bbc
Regarding all the whining sob stories the BBC have been running regarding travel I have not read one story where the travel was justified. Come on BBC at least balance the story by challenging if the travel is required!
100
10/03/2021 16:39:21 151 3
bbc
And stop showing us the same shot of Heathrow Airport. The guy pulling the bright blue golf bag would be worth a fortune if he got royalties!
298
10/03/2021 17:15:28 2 19
bbc
You are allowed essential travel such as to attend a wedding, visit a sick/dying relative, etc. I'm not condoning or endorsing those rules but are you sure you want the BBC to find somebody who falls into this category and write a piece about it? Why don't you think before you launch into BBC bashing.
401
10/03/2021 17:39:34 6 17
bbc
How do YOU know what proportion of the arrivals mentioned in the article involve "justified" travel (or even what that means... justified according to who? You?). The article made no comment whatsoever on that issue. Nor was it a "sob story", just neutrally reporting what Heathrow officials themselves were saying.

Fed up with people whining about the BBC. It's almost as if they have an agenda.
452
10/03/2021 17:42:47 0 6
bbc
BBC is pro travel pro airline
747
10/03/2021 18:50:04 3 3
bbc
Who are you (or the BBC) to say what travel is and is not justified?
852
10/03/2021 19:11:02 1 7
bbc
Superficially a fair comment but nobody knows except the people themselves do they? My partner and 2 year old are overseas at the moment and returning to the UK in May. They are in a low risk country in Asia, have antibodies from an infection which they got here last time, will test negative to fly and quarantine on arrival. Is it fair to them after a 20 hour journey to queue for 7 hours?
10/03/2021 20:33:30 2 6
bbc
Why does everyone (Right-wing winers?) keep blaming the BBC for every news story they don't like? It's news; the BBC merely reports! As does every other worthwhile news organisation!
11/03/2021 12:50:49 0 0
bbc
I am a Brit returning to the UK from Switzerland where I have been working to provide for my family. I am returning home to get the vaccine. I have all my paperwork and by the time I travel will have a fully compliant relevant negative COVID19 test. I will also have pre-paid for my tests in the UK. Oh and Switzerland has a lower infection rate than the UK. Are you suggesting I shouldn't come home?
44
10/03/2021 16:31:22 9 12
bbc
New tourism slogan.

Visit the UK ... we are vaccinated ... the rest of Europe isn't.
178
10/03/2021 16:32:39 0 0
bbc
45 million Brits aren't vaccinated.
310
10/03/2021 17:18:23 0 0
bbc
Who is WE?
45
10/03/2021 16:31:32 5 14
bbc
What are the queues like at the Kent beaches?
51
10/03/2021 16:32:58 11 10
bbc
Nice, Racism-Lite.
179
10/03/2021 16:34:08 0 0
bbc
Non-existent.
209
10/03/2021 16:36:31 0 1
bbc
Ha, ha, ha....they don`t like that comment in the London bubble.
Funny thing is...they are all for closing the borders to legal entrants to the UK, but not illegal...lol....how does that work as regards `logic`?
4
10/03/2021 16:24:27 340 23
bbc
Why are all these people arriving into the country? What are they doing?
46
10/03/2021 16:31:36 21 341
bbc
It's a hub airport- people use Heathrow to change to an onward flight
85
10/03/2021 16:37:15 63 1
bbc
This is incorrect. Passengers from connecting flights do not pass through Immigration.
219
10/03/2021 16:59:17 6 0
bbc
There will be no end to restrictions placed on the vast majority of people while a tiny minority are allowed to use Heathrow as a hub for international travel
223
10/03/2021 16:59:24 21 0
bbc
If they are just making a connecting flight, they don't need to go through border control as long as they stay in the international spaces.
313
10/03/2021 17:18:48 17 0
bbc
Changing to an onward flight to another country does not require you to enter the UK border. You just transfer air-side...
414
10/03/2021 17:42:37 18 0
bbc
If passengers are changing (ie. In transit) to an onward flight they don't need to go through border control. Donut.
558
10/03/2021 18:08:33 6 0
bbc
If they are catching onward going flights then surely they are in transit so should not be in a queue.
754
10/03/2021 18:51:38 2 0
bbc
You keep saying this West Ham but ‘hub’ Transit doesn’t require you to be landside and can transfer without seeing Border Controls.....

These are arriving passengers, not ‘transit hub’ passengers
796
10/03/2021 18:58:05 1 0
bbc
Who told you that? Did you read it on your phone!
927
10/03/2021 19:28:09 2 0
bbc
In that case it is their decision so they just have to get on with it. No sympathy from me
10/03/2021 23:38:42 0 0
bbc
FFS just hub off immigration isn't generally used for connecting flights. Is it?
11/03/2021 08:49:37 0 0
bbc
People in transit do not go through the border.
47
10/03/2021 16:31:48 33 14
bbc
Other countries, who closed their borders early don't have COVID any more. Despite the Government's claims it still looks like a travel free-for-all at ours

Is there any part of the COVID response the Government has done right?

(The vaccination programme was organised by the NHS not the Government, which is why it actually works)
69
10/03/2021 16:35:20 3 14
bbc
You do know that is also hype. Normal annual vaccination program takes 2-3 months, but we are told 6-8 months to rollout Covid vaccine is fantastic.
71
10/03/2021 16:35:23 5 0
bbc
Actually it wasn't just the NHS... and significant parts of the NHS have failed to perform during the last 12 months due to poor management and process.
81
10/03/2021 16:36:53 4 0
bbc
Really...the NHS developed and acquired the vaccinations did they? I think not. UK government money and decisions all the way.
180
10/03/2021 16:34:31 0 0
bbc
Why...didn`t realise Sweden had closed their borders?
48
10/03/2021 16:32:10 42 5
bbc
Good, hope it stays that way
Sigh.....
26
10/03/2021 16:28:06 7 34
bbc
I think people should be directing anger at 65+ who are abusing the rules since they are vaccinated and who think that the rules don't apply to them!!!!!
49
Gd
10/03/2021 16:32:18 7 2
bbc
Don't tar us all with the same brush !!!
70
10/03/2021 16:35:20 1 1
bbc
I guess you are angry at harry and meghan
3
10/03/2021 16:24:14 5 7
bbc
And who cares
50
10/03/2021 16:32:37 3 1
bbc
Who indeed. Oh, you do. Otherwise why would you bother to comment?
45
10/03/2021 16:31:32 5 14
bbc
What are the queues like at the Kent beaches?
51
10/03/2021 16:32:58 11 10
bbc
Nice, Racism-Lite.
48
10/03/2021 16:32:10 42 5
bbc
Good, hope it stays that way
52
10/03/2021 16:33:17 9 28
bbc
Sigh.....
26
10/03/2021 16:28:06 7 34
bbc
I think people should be directing anger at 65+ who are abusing the rules since they are vaccinated and who think that the rules don't apply to them!!!!!
53
10/03/2021 16:33:32 2 9
bbc
Just because your old, the rules still apply, poor young people, we sacrificed our education for 65+ and now they have no sympathy and just do what ever they want
96
10/03/2021 16:38:55 2 1
bbc
Let's see evidence that 65+ are doing this. One shot of the vaccine a) does not give any certainty of immunity and b) we can still transmit and that is why many (most?) of us are NOT changing behavior
54
10/03/2021 16:33:32 4 9
bbc
Looking at the pictures of the airport and being out and about at work seeing everywhere busy, to me it looks like lockdown is over in all but name. Its a shame clothes shops, pubs and restaurants are missing out. Might as well prune sage and get rid of their behavioral psychologists
55
10/03/2021 16:33:46 85 2
bbc
Where are all these people going or coming from.
792
10/03/2021 18:57:05 18 39
bbc
The free world.
11
10/03/2021 16:25:30 4 19
bbc
Got in early, but looks like I need to have to wait an hour or so before the unintelligent, xenophobic comments from scared boomers begin! See you at 6!
56
10/03/2021 16:33:49 6 0
bbc
comments like that do no favours to your generation, makes you appear as uneducated, uncaring idiots im afraid
15
10/03/2021 16:26:03 548 36
bbc
If they MUST travel then they have to put up with the consequences
57
10/03/2021 16:33:53 265 49
bbc
I think this is fair and in general the right approach for a range of things in the next few years. None of us have have a given right to international travel, it is a privilege and should be treated as such
212
10/03/2021 16:58:17 12 14
bbc
I thought using coronavirus to restrict international travel was a conspiracy a few months ago. Has it now become policy?
It would be nice at least to get a memo every time one of the conspiracy theories became policy, so that I know whether to criticise people for being "conspiracy theorists" or "Covidiots".
Difficult to keep up these days
525
10/03/2021 18:00:32 4 2
bbc
Apart from the fact that the desks are often half empty with huge queues in normal times....
I wonder how much of the queuing is due to people turning up without the correct docs/prep? Seeing people in normal times go to the desks/scanners with passports still packed in hand luggage I wouldn't be surprised if many try to blag their way in
Keep it strict & queues will shorten as message gets home!
667
10/03/2021 18:32:40 8 11
bbc
It is a privilege ?? to fly all over the World meeting and negotiating with suppliers , drumming up new export business etc etc . Some people have not got a clue what others do , have to do to put food on your table , grow UK businesses , support / grow the economy , help to pay for all the benefits dished out to UK residents . Wingy left wing posters have not got a clue .
722
10/03/2021 18:44:37 5 9
bbc
It is our right, not a privilege. Nobody has a right to incarcerate us without a fair trial.
980
10/03/2021 19:44:44 3 2
bbc
So, do we have a given right to travel to the next county?
To the next town?
Should we serfs get our feudal lord's permission to change jobs or marry?
You don't value our hard won liberties very highly, do you?
58
10/03/2021 16:33:54 31 2
bbc
2 things spring to mind:

1.) Personally don’t think I’m off anywhere this year.
2.) what’s the point of quarantining after squashing people together for 6 hours. Surely all or none should be the policy, not get a few in with Covid, mix them around for a few hours with others then isolate them again.
59
10/03/2021 16:33:56 48 5
bbc
If you can afford to fly you can afford to queue
30
10/03/2021 16:29:23 11 17
bbc
Easier to get in if you are an illegal immigrant!
60
10/03/2021 16:34:13 6 3
bbc
You realise the UK signed up to asylum agreements decades ago? It is not illegal to cross the Channel or seek asylum in any country you wish. You are only "illegal" if your asylum application fails and then refuse to leave.

If you choose to be British, at least learn the law.....
61
10/03/2021 16:34:24 6 11
bbc
Heathrow Airport has had over 4 years to plan for Brexit and the consequences. The airport has had a year to plan for pandemic restrictions. No more excuses. How many people caught up in unacceptable queues will choose to fly via another airport in the future?
76
10/03/2021 16:36:15 5 2
bbc
This is nothing to do with the airport though, this is down to staffing issues at the border.
82
10/03/2021 16:36:54 1 0
bbc
Its Border Force not Heathrow
208
10/03/2021 16:36:25 0 0
bbc
People should stay at home.
62
Ian
10/03/2021 16:34:32 202 25
bbc
?? Solution: Do not travel ??

Why oh why oh why are people travelling during lockdown?????

There's no such thing as "necessary travel" for 99% of people. It call all be postponed.

And if you're going to travel, be prepared to wait 3 hours to get into the UK ... simples.
326
10/03/2021 17:21:48 50 70
bbc
Are people not allowed to return home? Some friends who are New Zealand residents have come back because her mother is dying.
460
10/03/2021 17:43:40 4 15
bbc
Why? because you're allowed to travel abroad
886
10/03/2021 19:20:39 1 7
bbc
Bless the little snowflake
10/03/2021 20:31:29 0 2
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Do the maths. Your 99% of people still leaves nearly 700,000 people who do have essential reasons to travel.
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10/03/2021 16:31:07 98 587
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They are not arriving, it's a hub airport- people use Heathrow to change to an onward flight
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BW
10/03/2021 16:34:40 344 3
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This is incorrect. Passengers from connecting flights do not pass through Immigration.
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10/03/2021 16:34:49 9 9
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Stop all flights coming in.
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10/03/2021 16:36:47 4 7
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Why?
The vulnerable and elderly have been vaccinated?
Why?
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10/03/2021 16:31:07 98 587
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They are not arriving, it's a hub airport- people use Heathrow to change to an onward flight
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10/03/2021 16:34:51 183 12
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Shouldn't be travelling regardless, and did you know if you have a connecting flight you stay airside and don't need to pass through border control. So yes, all these people are arriving and whether they're staying one night or indefinitely, they're leaving the airport.
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10/03/2021 17:26:52 5 4
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And yet, listen to the chorus of Britons complaining about immigration controls elsewhere abroad. What is auce for teh goos is sauce for the gander.
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Removed
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10/03/2021 16:22:06 54 10
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Why fly in the first place? Serves them right!
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10/03/2021 16:41:20 15 2
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Now that's a valid comment
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sam
10/03/2021 17:59:47 1 5
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I arrived recently, from working overseas, to see my family for the first time in 14 months. Sorry if this offends the droves of self-righteous people in this comments section who seem to assume that anyone travelling right now is evil/selfish/stupid.
10/03/2021 22:15:01 0 0
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Does it not occur to you that some of those people are UK citizens, who were trapped abroad when the pandemic arrived? Are you saying that a UK citizen should not be allowed back into the country? And, of course, some of the travellers will be business people, who are generating income. Not all business can be done via Zoom.
10/03/2021 23:59:11 0 0
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It’s what people do, my partner is returning now her mother has had her two jabs. She is fine with queuing.
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10/03/2021 16:35:10 55 7
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Is their travel essential?
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10/03/2021 16:37:41 19 52
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Are you the travel police?
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10/03/2021 16:31:48 33 14
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Other countries, who closed their borders early don't have COVID any more. Despite the Government's claims it still looks like a travel free-for-all at ours

Is there any part of the COVID response the Government has done right?

(The vaccination programme was organised by the NHS not the Government, which is why it actually works)
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10/03/2021 16:35:20 3 14
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You do know that is also hype. Normal annual vaccination program takes 2-3 months, but we are told 6-8 months to rollout Covid vaccine is fantastic.
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10/03/2021 16:42:50 3 0
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That might be because we're vaccinating far more people than we usually do in the normal annual vaccination programme. But don't let facts get in the way of a good bit of negativity.
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10/03/2021 16:45:25 3 0
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What other "annual vaccination program" are you talking about on this scale ? The number of people who have an annual flu jab are a fraction of the numbers having a Covid jab and only require one dose. not two.
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10/03/2021 16:52:33 3 0
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If by "normal annual vaccination programme" you're referring to the flu vaccine, it's hardly comparable is it? In 2018-19 it was given to 14,351,245 people, or about a fifth of the population of the UK, over a period of 6 months (https://tinyurl.com/hz3fha4t). What the NHS is achieving right now is far from "hype".
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Gd
10/03/2021 16:32:18 7 2
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Don't tar us all with the same brush !!!
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10/03/2021 16:35:20 1 1
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I guess you are angry at harry and meghan
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10/03/2021 16:31:48 33 14
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Other countries, who closed their borders early don't have COVID any more. Despite the Government's claims it still looks like a travel free-for-all at ours

Is there any part of the COVID response the Government has done right?

(The vaccination programme was organised by the NHS not the Government, which is why it actually works)
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10/03/2021 16:35:23 5 0
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Actually it wasn't just the NHS... and significant parts of the NHS have failed to perform during the last 12 months due to poor management and process.
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10/03/2021 16:25:30 4 19
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Got in early, but looks like I need to have to wait an hour or so before the unintelligent, xenophobic comments from scared boomers begin! See you at 6!
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10/03/2021 16:35:30 1 0
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But how do you think people are going to respond to you when you start a conversation like this?

Self fulfilling prophecy
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10/03/2021 16:35:52 3 20
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Good on them. Great people getting on with living.
Well done ?? ????????
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10/03/2021 16:40:13 0 5
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I agree.
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10/03/2021 16:31:07 98 587
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They are not arriving, it's a hub airport- people use Heathrow to change to an onward flight
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10/03/2021 16:36:08 95 2
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But where to?

If it is a connecting flight then they don't have to go through border control. Something doesn't make sense https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/layovers-and-transiting
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Rob
10/03/2021 16:36:15 172 12
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Why are people flying? There is a ban on travel for all but essential reasons. I have no sympathy, and perhaps the story should be "Shock at numbers of people still flying during a pandemic". The airlines efficiently created a global pandemic. Flying should be tightly controlled until a larger proportion of the world's population are vaccinated.
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10/03/2021 17:30:54 24 78
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Work.
10/03/2021 21:51:03 1 1
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You have answered your own question, people are flying for essential reasons
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10/03/2021 16:34:24 6 11
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Heathrow Airport has had over 4 years to plan for Brexit and the consequences. The airport has had a year to plan for pandemic restrictions. No more excuses. How many people caught up in unacceptable queues will choose to fly via another airport in the future?
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10/03/2021 16:36:15 5 2
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This is nothing to do with the airport though, this is down to staffing issues at the border.
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10/03/2021 17:26:36 0 0
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Fair enough, so Border Force is responsible for the delays, a Government organisation. I wonder what excuses they will come up with?
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10/03/2021 16:28:15 15 9
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Yet you'll still vote Tory next time won't you.People like you never learn.
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10/03/2021 16:36:19 0 0
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While this comment looks a hell of a lot like the opposite side of the same coin
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10/03/2021 16:36:30 105 12
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Who is still flying and why to create this many queues. it should be for essential reasons and genuine exceptions, not 3 day leisure breaks yet.
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10/03/2021 18:40:49 9 63
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For the millionth time- this is a hub airport most are on their way elsewhere. Elswhere, who would blame them. Roll on Heathrow and Gatwick being backwater airports in the future and you would be lucky to fly anywhere.
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10/03/2021 16:23:13 40 6
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And all these people are coming into the country because...?
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10/03/2021 16:39:57 20 3
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we let them in
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10/03/2021 16:40:39 3 3
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Maybe they actually live here!
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10/03/2021 16:34:49 9 9
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Stop all flights coming in.
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10/03/2021 16:36:47 4 7
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Why?
The vulnerable and elderly have been vaccinated?
Why?
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10/03/2021 16:31:48 33 14
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Other countries, who closed their borders early don't have COVID any more. Despite the Government's claims it still looks like a travel free-for-all at ours

Is there any part of the COVID response the Government has done right?

(The vaccination programme was organised by the NHS not the Government, which is why it actually works)
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10/03/2021 16:36:53 4 0
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Really...the NHS developed and acquired the vaccinations did they? I think not. UK government money and decisions all the way.
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10/03/2021 16:34:24 6 11
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Heathrow Airport has had over 4 years to plan for Brexit and the consequences. The airport has had a year to plan for pandemic restrictions. No more excuses. How many people caught up in unacceptable queues will choose to fly via another airport in the future?
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10/03/2021 16:36:54 1 0
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Its Border Force not Heathrow
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10/03/2021 17:25:36 0 0
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Fair enough, so it is Government incompetence rather than the Airport's incompetence. Odd that is not made cler in the news report.
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10/03/2021 16:28:06 7 34
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I think people should be directing anger at 65+ who are abusing the rules since they are vaccinated and who think that the rules don't apply to them!!!!!
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10/03/2021 16:36:55 1 1
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The fact that everyone is disliking the comment proves my point!!!!!
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10/03/2021 16:30:06 55 468
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It's a hub airport- people use Heathrow to change to an onward flight.
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10/03/2021 16:36:58 84 1
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This is incorrect. Passengers from connecting flights do not pass through Immigration.
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10/03/2021 16:31:36 21 341
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It's a hub airport- people use Heathrow to change to an onward flight
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10/03/2021 16:37:15 63 1
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This is incorrect. Passengers from connecting flights do not pass through Immigration.
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10/03/2021 16:58:36 1 20
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They do if they are changing airline or terminal.
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10/03/2021 16:37:40 4 2
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Well Actually
16.31

"(The vaccination programme was organised by the NHS not the Government, which is why it actually works)"

The vaccination programme was organised neither by the NHS or the Government. A collective of the private sector and army logistics led the way. NHS management have no skills or competencies to organise this. Our local NHS has still to set up the PCN based service.
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10/03/2021 16:47:14 0 0
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In my locality it was the local GPs ably supported by volunteers. They based it on the tried and tested format for flu vaccines. It worked a treat.

Nationally, I understand it was the NHS using a software supplier who had a proven track record of delivering solutions that work. Would be nice if they continued to get such contracts when power does to the Dept of Health - but I doubt it!
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10/03/2021 16:37:40 10 0
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Sounds like my local post office on pension day!
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10/03/2021 16:35:10 55 7
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Is their travel essential?
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10/03/2021 16:37:41 19 52
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Are you the travel police?
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10/03/2021 16:39:24 2 0
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I thought you were.
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10/03/2021 18:42:20 3 1
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Perhaps we all should be?
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10/03/2021 18:51:40 6 1
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Sounds like there should be more travel police. Stay home it's a pandemic.
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10/03/2021 16:25:56 325 31
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And the moral of the story is:
Unless you absolutely 100 per cent have to: Don't come to the UK and spread the virus.
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10/03/2021 16:37:58 203 44
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incorrect , it should be just don't come.
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10/03/2021 18:03:44 9 4
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it should be close the airports
10/03/2021 22:11:07 1 1
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No actually you're incorrect since anyone who enters the UK can potentially spread the virus or even a new variant that is more dangerous than those we already have.
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10/03/2021 16:30:06 55 468
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It's a hub airport- people use Heathrow to change to an onward flight.
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10/03/2021 16:38:16 26 0
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See my comment earlier - if it is a connecting flight then they don't go through border control. Sorry, take it back, if the layover is more than 24 hours you do. My mistake,
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10/03/2021 16:30:35 9 5
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I think enough anger has been directed at the over 65s for a good couple of years
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10/03/2021 16:38:30 1 1
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Well no because they cost the economy the most out of every generation!!
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10/03/2021 16:38:32 3 6
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another post Brexit tension

Brexit supporters hate open borders and want them closed
the coveed is a gift in this respect

Brexit organisers are pro-globalism
for themselves and theirs
it has brought huge earnings and evasion of tax on those earnings

someday soon the latter is going to have to have a very adult conversation with the former about whose actually in charge

looking forward to it
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10/03/2021 16:40:18 2 0
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Dimwit
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10/03/2021 16:40:10 0 0
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Groan.
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10/03/2021 16:25:41 7 4
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Not too many people should be travelling at the moment.

But I do agree with her sentiments once things pick up again.

Make the UK the most efficient and best place to travel to in the world.

The world's hub for travel, business, technology and leisure.
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10/03/2021 16:38:48 2 2
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Great comment
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10/03/2021 16:30:35 9 5
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I think enough anger has been directed at the over 65s for a good couple of years
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10/03/2021 16:38:54 1 1
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Brexiteers!!
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10/03/2021 16:41:54 1 2
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And now we get to the crux of the matter. It wasn't ever really about the pandemic behaviour was it
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10/03/2021 16:28:06 7 34
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I think people should be directing anger at 65+ who are abusing the rules since they are vaccinated and who think that the rules don't apply to them!!!!!
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Rob
10/03/2021 16:38:54 2 0
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there don't appear to be many over 65s in the pics.
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10/03/2021 16:33:32 2 9
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Just because your old, the rules still apply, poor young people, we sacrificed our education for 65+ and now they have no sympathy and just do what ever they want
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10/03/2021 16:38:55 2 1
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Let's see evidence that 65+ are doing this. One shot of the vaccine a) does not give any certainty of immunity and b) we can still transmit and that is why many (most?) of us are NOT changing behavior
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10/03/2021 16:28:15 15 9
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Yet you'll still vote Tory next time won't you.People like you never learn.
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10/03/2021 16:39:06 0 0
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and if you know better get elected
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10/03/2021 16:28:06 7 34
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I think people should be directing anger at 65+ who are abusing the rules since they are vaccinated and who think that the rules don't apply to them!!!!!
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10/03/2021 16:39:16 4 1
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I think you will find it is people under 30 abusing the lockdown, how over 65s do you know who are going to raves or ramming the beaches
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10/03/2021 16:39:16 15 1
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Oh how awful for them.
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10/03/2021 16:31:22 253 31
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Regarding all the whining sob stories the BBC have been running regarding travel I have not read one story where the travel was justified. Come on BBC at least balance the story by challenging if the travel is required!
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10/03/2021 16:39:21 151 3
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And stop showing us the same shot of Heathrow Airport. The guy pulling the bright blue golf bag would be worth a fortune if he got royalties!
10/03/2021 22:18:52 5 0
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Golf plainly isn't essential travel so perhaps they should track him down and slap a massive fine on him