Wait times at London Heathrow immigration hit 7 hours on Monday and a passenger collapsed. An airport executive told U.K. parliament that “police were being called to deal with tensions that flare up as people queue for hours at a time.”
We’re starting to see disruption in some of the arriving passengers…If you’re made to queue for two or three hours, it’s not something you want to do and we’re even having to involve the police service to help us.”
— kashif iqbal (@kashifiqbal81) April 12, 2021
Six weeks ago London Heathrow immigration lines hit 7 hours long so this isn’t the first time we’ve seen it, and it shouldn’t have been a surprise. The U.K. should have been ready for this.
At the start of the pandemic the U.S. limited international flights to certain hubs, cramming more passengers into limited space and the government wasn’t prepared to handle its own policy. So really there was a year’s advance warning about how ostensibly Covid precaution policies can cram people together in an indoor congregant setting and create potential superspreader events.
— David Enrich (@davidenrich) March 15, 2020
Manual U.K. Covid processing – checking of forms and tests and evidence of booked future tests – is taking so much time that it’s potentially increasing the spread of the virus.