U.K. Says 7 Hour Indoor Immigration Lines Were A Covid Precaution. Say What?

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  1. The UK is “open for business” and UK Border Force is just trying to give the US CBP some serious competition for making arrival into the country memorable for crazy long lines.

  2. The U.K. story is highlighting something that happened at Christmas. Odd it’s being reported now in March.

  3. I entered the UK at LHR T2 at the end of January and had to wait in line for about 85 minutes to be able to use the e-gates. At first I was told that the e-gates were not available . That turned out to be a lie, as I later discovered the line divided, with one to use e-gates and one to speak to immigration officers. Mask compliance and social distancing were sub-optimal throughout, of course. Granted, everyone in line should have had a negative COVID-19 test to board the incoming flight, but those results are easily faked and I didn’t like the looks of the people around me. I am not very afraid of catching COVID-19, but being forced to stand in close quarters in a poorly ventilated room with thousands of strangers for almost an hour and a half was galling.

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