I know that this has already been reported here but reading about it in The Times again really got my goat.
What is really scurrillous about this is that they do not provide a fast track sercice - you pay your £3 and they take you to the head of the queue. Don't pay the £3 and you get pushed back by the queue jumpers. And the more incompetent the airport organisation, the greater the pressure to jump the queue, although if everybody pays for fast track nobody benfits (except the airport treasurer)
This is blackmail.
I wonder whether we can do anything to "discourage" this "service offering". I have not yet seen this in practice so don't know whether you pay at a desk or whether there is a coin operated gate which might find itself non-operational due to chewing gum. Or we could soak up the toll-collectors time by asking a whole string of questions -
- Do I pay a second time if I need to leave the queue to go to the bathroom?
- how many people are in the fast track line?
- how can you guys sleep at night?
I know its only £3 but it will grow if it proves to be too popular. I suppose there could come a point when the fast track queue is longer than th enormal queue so this could be self-correcting.
There must be some way in which we can protest. Unfortunately boycotting the "service" is unlikely to work because of the inveterate queue jumpers among us.
(When we solve this one we can move on to deal with the "fast bag drop")