Now you can pay to queue-jump at airport security
Our beloved airports seem to have stumbled upon a new way to claw in a few more quid from frustrated passengers – charging them up to a fiver to allow them to push to the front of the security queue.
The scheme has been piloted at Luton, Leeds, Liverpool and Bristol airports and bean-counters at BAA, who own Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Edinburgh and Glasgow are said to be licking their lips at the thought of it all.
Unlike fast-track check-in desks, there is no separate security scanner for those who have coughed up – they simply join a different queue and barge past the non-paying proletariat as they stride forwards, possibly with their noses held haughtily in the air.
Try and imagine it as similar to the Disney World Fastpass scheme, only instead of the white-knuckle ride at the end, all you get to do is take your belt off and empty the contents of your pocket into a plastic tray while sweating nervously even though you’ve done nothing wrong.