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Travellers entering United Kingdom through Heathrow airport in London are frustrated for standing in queues for hours before they can go through the immigration controls. However, if the traveller has £1,800 to pay the price tag of a VIP service at the Heathrow airport, then long lines just become imaginary.
The VIP service entitles the passenger to ride a limousine from the airplane to a special VIP suite. The passenger can relax in the suite while passport checks are made and their luggage is brought to them.
The cost of the service includes VIP treatments to up to six travellers receiving services on priority basis.
Does that mean that travellers entering United Kingdom must have extra money in their pockets to be able to pass through the immigration control quickly without having to endure three four hours long wait?
The Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has rightly said, “If the only way to avoid a nightmare queue is to fork out over £1,000 extra, Britain’s reputation for travellers will be in shreds.”
The frontline officers at the Heathrow airport had to stop screening the travellers for arms and drugs due to a severe shortage of staff.
However, a Home Office spokesman maintained that the UK government was ‘committed to maintaining border security and our staff… continue to target drugs and illegal weapons’.
There have been recent reports at the Heathrow airport where police had to be called to handle the travellers from barging through the passport control after waiting long hours in the queues.
Shortage of staff for screening the travellers and making all the necessary passport checks is one of the reasons for delays on the Heathrow airport. Although the UK Prime Minister has blamed the bad weather for delays. If the situation is not improved quickly, then the travellers to London Heathrow airport must get ready for even longer delays before they will be able to enter the country.
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