Editors Note: Apologies for the wrongly rotated images that triggered one person to hit the comment section and whine. It’s actually a fault with WordPress and how it reads EXIF information. I’m just trying to write on the road… odd concept – but it can be done. EXIF information handling is a different thing on the road…
There are some things I love to see when travelling. And some things that make the passenger experience less than ideal.
Today, I’m talking about my nemesis gate at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 – A10 as I head towards it for a flight to Oslo.
Why do I have less than a nice relationship with this gate? One simple reason – it’s the one of the busing gates at Terminal 5.
Remember, that Terminal 5 was built less than 12 years ago, and didn’t have enough gates to start with – and so we have area A10
Where are Terminal 5 is full of glass and sunlight… A10 offers a different experience entirely.
Welcome to the world of low ceilings…. the very bottom of Terminal 5.
It’s not welcoming, and not the greatest of experiences waiting to be crammed into a bus.
The worst part is that this area is used not just for European flights -it handles long haul flights too (I’ve been there when they loaded a 777-200ER’s worth of passengers on a few buses. It gets messy quickly)
And perish the thought of you want to take a hot drink with you.
And gate scrums? It’s a real thing here.
Whilst there are some parts of the Terminal 5 experience that are well polished, the A10 experience leaves a lot to be desired.
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