London

Trip Start Aug 28, 2011
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Trip End Sep 19, 2011


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Monday, August 29, 2011

I have no clue why an airport would take people off an airplane who've already passed through security to get into the secure area they're in and make them go through security again.  That's what Heathrow required though so I went through the whole process all over again.

Since, in addition to my digital camera, I always bring a film camera with slide film I ask airport security to hand check my film.  Otherwise, with multiple x-ray exposures it fogs the film.  I bring more film than I need and that results in the same roll of film making multiple trips through the x-ray machine if I don't ask for it to be hand checked.  All those x-ray exposures add up.

Every airport I've been in has complied with my request and hand checked my film.  Every airport except Heathrow, that is.  At Heathrow I was passed from one individual to another to explain my request.  The last person I talked to told me that they don't have the technology at Heathrow to hand check film and it had to go through the x-ray machine.

Since I had a plane to Budapest to catch and feeling I'd come to the end of the road I let them run it through the x-ray machine.  Tiredness fogs your brain.  As soon as I was at the gate for my flight to Budapest I realized he'd been lying to me.

I have a hard time believing that Great Britain is really more technologically backward than Costa Rica, Guatemala, or any other place I've been.  I usually think of the right thing to say after the right time to say it is past.  If I'd thought of it in time I would have asked if Great Britain is really that technologically backward.
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