Monday, July 02, 2007


It is strange to think that of all the places I need to travel to for my job that encompasses over 98 countries the first time I have ever encountered any form of terrorism should be when I go back to the UK. I was enjoying a quiet Saturday evening in Dubai when on Sky News broke the story of the incident at Glasgow airport. So it was with a little trepidation that I flew into Glasgow airport this morning - I had no real reason to be worried. The security at the airport was very tight with a very high police profile.

The damage to the terminal was evident to see and the smell of the acrid smoke that I saw on Sky News still hung thick in the air. Here is the scene some 36 hours later:

The airport was very busy with reduced number of check in terminals, a very odd zig-zag walkway to get into and out of the airport and of course the slip roads to the front of the airport were closed. As ever the great British public simply soldiered on and I have great admiration for the service staff at the airport placating a large number of tourists.

I will be back in the UK later this month - I hope that the security level is reduced from the critical level it is currently set to.


CG said...

wow, that was daring of you.

I am feeling apprehensive about flying into London later on this month. ugh.

Aaron said...

I have a trip to the UK via Heathrow later this month. I hope my bag does not become one of the 20,000 they have unclaimed there!

Gerri said...

you should not let terrorist get the better of you. I travel to the US and UK often and have done so when terror alerts have been at their highest. You cant let them WIN!!! Thats my point of view.
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SilkRoad said...

Sorry to hear about your experience in Heathrow. In light of such events, what can we do to save time?
- Fly to other airports (e.g. Gatwick)?
- Take a train from CDG?
- Simply listen to mp3 while waiting?

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Aaron said...

I am happy to travel anywhere our company security office says so :)