[BBC News Magazine] Rarely a week passes without passport queue woes in the UK or tales of overzealous security staff in the US. So has going through an airport become a horrible experience?

Airports were once an exciting window to the world.

Airports were once an exciting window to the world.

But with immigration services staff in the UK set to strike and passengers said to have waited for up to three hours for passport checks at Heathrow last week, for some the romance is over.

Across the Atlantic, the American airport experience has also been generating ire.

In April, a man stripped off in protest of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Portland Airport and the father of a three-year-old boy was so enraged his son was patted down by an airport screenerin Chicago in 2010 he posted it on YouTube.

The rules have changed since then, but earlier this year the TSA had to apologise to two elderly women in their 80s after acknowledging agents violated procedures.

There are entire blogs dedicated to a whole array of airport gripes.

Common complaints include confusing signs, chaotic carousel crowding, rampant profiteering, having to remove shoes at security, lack of free wi-fi and lack of information on delays and cancellations.

So has going through an airport really become so terrible it has taken the thrill out of travelling – and if so how did it happen?

Mark Biwwa, 25, an online marketing professional from Malta, got so annoyed by a particularly bad experience at Luton Airport in 2011 he decided to immortalise it in a blog, Five Reasons Why I Hate Airports.

He says it…..

Read the full story at BBC News….


BBC News Magazine
May 8th, 2012


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