I suppose that a concern shared by all travellers is the inconvenience of missing the airport check-in deadline. I was a victim of this distressing calamity when travelling to Venice on 4th April 2005 when a serious hold-up on the motorway due to an accident caused a delay that meant missing the check-in by five minutes. Five little minutes! And with no margin of error allowed we had to pay an extra £80 to get the next flight and then sit in a bar for nearly four hours waiting. Well, on reflection then, perhaps it wasn’t that bad after all. Actually there were quite a lot of very cross people in the bar that day who had missed their flights because of the hold-up and we all wondered why the police hadn’t been of more assistance in helping the traffic to move in what they must appreciate is a time sensitive area. I resolved to write a letter of sharp rebuke to the Essex Constabulary upon my return but of course after a few days away it seemed so much less important when I got back home and I never quite got around to it.
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