12 hour delays and cancellations in airports thanks to strikes! Wahoo!
You know how much you love being in airports? Well, if you're lucky enough to have the money to go on holiday, then you may be spending LOADS of time in a lovely, stagnant hangar filled with people complaining about delays. As we all know, complaining makes things go faster.
So, how long are these delays, brought about thanks to imminent strike action? You're looking at being held on planes for up to 12 hours. Or, more fun, mass flight cancellations.
Isn't that brilliant? Buy some DVT stockings now (even if you're not flying - everyone knows DVT stockings are the closest, sexiest thing men have to lingerie).
BAA, who own of Heathrow airport, have told airlines to fly planes half full to help ease the chaos expected when immigration officers walk out, according to reports. This precautionary shot comes on the news that union bosses have said they've got a 'fighting fund' of tens of millions of pounds to start the strike on Wednesday (30th Nov).
Heathrow’s operating officer Normand Boivin, said: ‘There are likely to be very long delays of up to 12 hours to arriving passengers. The delays at immigration are likely to be so long that passengers could not be safely accommodated within the terminals and would need to be held on arriving aircraft. This in turn would quickly create gridlock at the airport with no available aircraft parking stands, mass cancellations or departing aircraft and diversions outside the UK for arriving aircraft.’
This is giganto strike too. This will be the biggest since the General Strike of 1926 and will include teachers, nurses, bin men, civil servants, tax inspectors and superheroes. Possibly. Fact is, most schools will be closed, so it's going to be hellish for everyone.
That said, if there's one good thing in all this, most traffic wardens are in the GMB who are leading the strike, so park wherever you want next Wednesday.