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October 15, 2007

London 〜ブチ切れ編I can't take it anymore!! Part2〜

2) The nightmare at Heathrow ヒースローでの悪夢

思い出すだけでもぞっとする。。。
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もともと、乗り継ぎ時間が最低限しかなくて、大丈夫かな?って思ってたのでしたが、H○Sのお兄さんが取ってくれたチケットだし、、、なんて甘く考えてた。

We were a little worried because we had minimum time to transit at Heathrow. But we ordered the ticket at a big travel agent (say, professional!) so we thought it'll be alight...

Heathrow Airport has four terminals and they're constructing the fifth now. And we need to get on a bus to change terminals. And it took 10-15 minutes to move from one terminal to the other.
ヒースローは4つターミナルあって、5つ目を建設中らしい。ターミナル間を移動するにはバスに乗らなければならず、10分くらいはかかります。

We left very early and arrived at Brussels Airport three hours before the flight. We checked in with the automatic self check-in machine and got boarding tickets, and went to the BA counter to drop our baggage. The crew said to change Terminal 3 at Heathrow. We thought we were to change to Terminal 1 as I heard BA international flight to Tokyo, HongKong, SF etc... depart from Terminal 1. But he said Terminal 3 so we trusted him...but it was a mistake.

ブリュッセル空港では、チェックインはBAのセルフチェックインの機械で行い、預け入れ荷物だけBag Dropのカウンターに持って行った。そこのお兄さんに、ヒースローでターミナル3で乗り換えるよう言われたので、彼を信じたのに。。。。

Of course, the flight from Brussels to Heathrow was late. So at this point it's impossible that we caught the connection flight, but I had never missed flight before and I was in a panic. We hurried to Terminal 3 and of course there as a long line for the security check. Besides, I forgot to take out the cosmetics I bought at a dusy free shop and I had to let them check my bag. Plus, an Indian guy who got his bag checked had suspicious drugs and it took so much time! And I had to wait again. I was already hopeless at that time but I claimed that we're missing our flight and the security girl said "You're in a wrong terminal, you'll miss the flight anyway" and her attitude and word made me so furious!

ブリュッセルからヒースローへの飛行機も当然のごとくおくれ、今まで飛行機を逃したことのなかった私はかなりパニックでした。とりあえず、ターミナル3へ向かったところ、セキュリティチェックの長い列。しかも、免税店で買った化粧品(液体)をうっかり鞄に入れっぱなしで、ひっかかった。しかも前にいたインド人のおじさんが怪しげな薬を持っていたせいでさらに時間がかかり、、、一応、飛行機乗り遅れる!って訴えたところ、「ターミナル違うから、どっちにしても乗れないわよ」といわれ、ブチッ。

空港の人に文句言っても仕方ないけど、、でもみんな違うターミナル(1とか4とか)に行けって言われて、ほんとにパニック。結局ターミナル1に行ったけど、バスも時間がかかったし、そこでもまたセキュリティチェックの長い列。しかも入場制限。お兄さんに急いでいる旨を伝えたものの、みんな同じ状況だから、と(思い返せば、カワイイお兄さんだったので、パニックになってた自分が恥ずかしい)。周りの乗客もほんとにアワアワしてた。

I know there's no use to blame staff at the airport, but each crew told us different terminals (some said 1 and the other said 4) so we were in a panic. Afterall we went to Terminal 1 by the bus and there was also a loooooong line for security check. I told the guy there that we were missing our flight but he said everybody was in the same situation. Passengers around us were also worried.

結局その後も空港の人に聞いて、もうムリだということが完全に明らかになったので、BAの人に交渉に行くことに。この時も、同じ状況の人がいっぱいいて、空港の人も「いっぺんにしゃべらないで!!」とお困りでした(でもこちらはそれどころではない)。BAのおじさんに伝えると、Fast Lane的な優先のセキュリティレーンがあり、そこを通ってBAのカウンターへ。また別のおじさんに事情を説明すると、「たしかに(ブリュッセルからの便が)少し遅れましたね。。。」とカウンターへ通された。そこでお兄さんにまた説明して、幸運にも2時間後に成田行きがもう1本あったので、席を確保できた。。。この時はほんとに安心したよぉお。荷物もないし、翌日だったらどうしようと思って!

Later we finally found that we really missed the flight. The security check place was so crowded and people in a critical situation like us tried to ask crews about the flight so the crew said "don't speak at the same time!". We asked a BA crew there and he told us to head to the BA counter after security check(there's a kind of Fast Lane), and we went there and explained the situation to another guy and he said the flight from Brussels were a little late and allowed us to go to the counter. There I explained again and the guy at the counter found seats on the next flight which left two hours later. We were so relieved!!

結局、スーツケースも次の便に乗ってたので、どっちにしろ間に合わなかったんだな。
2時間後の便があるなら、最初からそっちにしろ!!!と言いたいけど、とりあえず無事に帰れてよかった。

Our baggage were on the same plane so we'd actually missed the flight even if we didn't go to the wrong terminal. But I want to say that if there's another flight two hours later, why didn't they reserved that flight so that we didn't need to be in trouble. But I'm happy that we were able to come home!

そんなわけで、アニマル浜口さんたちと同じ飛行機でしたが、吠えるのは見ずにさっさと帰りました。

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