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Yesterday's news that BAA airport staff may strike means that all my plans for Worldcon could be in tatters before I have even left.

However, I remain optimistic that things will turn out OK. Lets hope the bean counters will come to their senses and give the workers their much deserved 1% pay rise. Failing that I may be lucky and that the strike will not go through on the earliest day possible, Monday 23 August which is when my flight is booked for, and the strike may begin after I have left. However that will not help maltaran  who I am rooming with in Melbourne. He is due to fly out on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend which the BBC article speculates that the strikers may target. Also there are several UK based authors going to Worldcon who may also be affected, as well as tens of thousands of other travellers.

And well if the strike does go through on the 23 August and Heathrow is closed, perhaps my flight will be one of the lucky ones to get moved to Gatwick or perhaps Qantas will find some way of getting me to Hong Kong to catch my connecting flight to Sydney from there.

I'm not giving up hope, by hook or by crook I will get there.


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Aug. 13th, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
Eek. How dare those pesky people strike pre-Worldcon? Hope it's all OK...
Aug. 13th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
Hope everything works out!
Aug. 13th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
I hope you get to Australia okay!

I'm utterly convinced that there will be a strike or the volcano will start erupting again when I'm trying to get to Ireland in October.
Aug. 13th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
"I'm utterly convinced that there will be a strike or the volcano will start erupting again when I'm trying to get to Ireland in October."

Are you flying with BA? I think their staff are threatening to strike again sometime.
Aug. 13th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
Only for my London-Milan portion of my trip which is only one of four flights that week. So I guess at worse I'll be stuck in London, unable to get to Milan, but maybe still able to get to Dublin? Its more the volcano that could potentially ruin everything.
Aug. 13th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
The volcano has been dormant for a couple of months now, so hopefully it won't be a problem, hopefully anyway since I'll need to fly to Dublin as well.
Aug. 13th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
I think technically its still got some activity. But I'm thinking if there would be a problem it will come from the big one that generally blows after this one is done.

So basically I'm a pessimistic optimist. I like to consider every horrible thing that could go wrong so that in the end they hopefully don't.
Aug. 13th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
I'm 90% sure there'll be some sort of agreement before then - BAA won't dare risk having Heathrow closed on the bank holiday weekend, surely.
Aug. 13th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
That's unfortunate timing. Hopefully they'll work it out before the strikes happen, because it sounds like it could cause massive disruption.
Aug. 13th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Good luck to both you and Malt!
Aug. 13th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
Whoa. Hope everything works out okay.
Aug. 13th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Travelling by plane throughout Europe just seems to be problematic for everyone this year.

It would be nice if things got settled without any more mess, though.

One would think that with the problems that already occurred, the higher-ups will want as little more trouble as possible.
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