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Non-Europeans - prepare to be incensed

(Technical note - Europeans in the sense of nationals of the European Economic Area, which is EU plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein)

Because Hansard makes clear that the British passport checking authorities consider your time to be less important than that of Europeans, and make you wait 20 minutes longer to have your passport peered at by someone in a polyester suit:

"Border Control is currently monitoring queues at the Immigration Control at 10 airports across the UK (Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Stansted, Luton, Bristol, Cardiff and Newcastle) to benchmark performance. The ports in question are using a 45 minutes (non-EEA) and 25 minutes (EEA) queuing time as such a benchmark. This in turn informs staff deployment as well as informing considerations on further investment".

Way back lost in the mists of time, I used to work with a young Australian chap who regarded Blighty as very much the mother country, and considered having to queue in the 'foreign passport' line as a grave insult. I hate to think what he would think of this business.

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Blogger Novlangue said... 4:32 pm

Immigration control, sir? I thought they just saluted as you strolled thru.

O. b. Laden  



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