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Advice to travellers - Please show your appreciation of officials by handclapping

Arresting Behaviour | The Times

Fed up with having to queue for hours at passport control at Heathrow on returning from holiday?
Then here’s the good news: there is a new way to jump the line and leave the airport faster. The bad news is that the new way to jump the queue is to get yourself arrested for taking part in a slow hand-clap in the arrivals hall, resulting in your being carted off by your collar in a Black Maria to a police station; with luck quite near your home.
Immigration authorities have grown so rattled by outbreaks of slow hand-clapping among frustrated travellers that they have told police to issue cautions, and even to make arrests, if they sense that the anger might suddenly boil over into a dangerous spasm of civil disobedience.

Of course the other option of actually doing their jobs quickly and efficiently isn't a possibility.


Recently came back via Stansted at about 12:00pm. Took about 30 minutes to get through then when it was obviously fairly quiet, relatively.

In all fairness, the people running the checks did seem to be going as fast as they could - there just wasn't enough of them.

Travel business and get one of those nice express vouchers so you don't have to rub shoulders with the hoi polloi.

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