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The Immigration Line Situation at Heathrow is Why I’m Not Traveling

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A rather disturbing scene took place recently in an immigration hall at London Heathrow Airport this past week.

Video shows passengers waiting to officially cross the UK border. And as many people who’ve been to Heathrow can attest, the lines are usually very long.

The problem is especially stressful during, y’know, a pandemic.

And there were a lot of passengers in line. Physical distancing didn’t seem to be enforced.

The Daily Mail reports that the weary travelers were given water. You know, so people can remove their masks and consume the beverages. Nice thought but maybe not the best idea?

This is Why I’m Not Traveling

As VFTW’s Gary Leff wrote in October:

With HEPA air filtration and frequent refresh of cabin air, inflight seems about as safe as you can be in [an] indoor congregant setting.

The terminal is another issue.

He hit the proverbial nail on its head.

I’m not too worried about getting on an airplane — especially one operated by Delta, which, IMHO, has done an excellent job of limiting capacity and blocking middle seats.

It’s just everything that happens before and after I get on the plane. And at your destination. And during your return.

Look, there are people who still don’t know how to correctly wear a mask.

Woman wearing a protective face mask against the coronavirus or Covid-19 incorrectly below her nostrils and nose in a close up side view
(©iStock.com/Giulio Fornasar)

I rarely leave my house. But the other day I received an alert that I was exposed to someone with COVID-19. One of the few people with whom I’ve come into contact in the past few weeks apparently has coronavirus. (My test came back negative, thank goodness.) I got a good COVID scare despite being in public for only a few minutes.

So I’m in no hurry to congregate with a bunch of strangers at an airport. I don’t need the risk or anxiety.

I’m all for a “you gotta live your life” or “life goes on” attitude. But when the danger is seemingly anywhere and everywhere, I’m not taking chances more chances than absolutely necessary.

That being said, I long for the lines of Heathrow (or anywhere) when we’re able to travel again and things are safe.

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6 Comments

  1. If HEPA filters are so great (I think they are) and airplanes are so safe why is there no or limited service? If service is dangerous, there should be none.

  2. Great question! One can’t even get a cup of ice on Delta. Ridiculous!

  3. Barry Graham Reply

    When I flew to London in September and October the lines were short. It’s odd that with the lockdown (which wasn’t in place then) so many more people are traveling now, or maybe this was a one off situation that the media chose to highlight as being normal.

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