A more exciting journey than expected
By DaveLevy on Aug 14, 2006
We arrived after a long and interesting journey. We've done the journey before and so the surprises were all at Gatwick and due to the emergency security processes. We had taken the advice to get their early and so were fortunate enough to be one of the first to be checked in, although somehow we still got seats nearer the back than front.
The security guards were very strict, confiscating throat sweets and a suduko puzzle, but since no-one had any hand luggage (and we were pretty early), the security checks were actually quite quick. We also didn't have to charge onto the plane to make sure that our hand luggage could be fitted in among the bastards that think a suitcase is hand luggage. (If its got wheels, its not hand luggage in my book, put it in the hold and wait for it to catch up with you at the other end. Here's another hint, if you take a bag (or lets face it a second bag) that's bigger than intended, you deny space to others; this is not the behaviour of good neighbours.) Despite not having any hand luggage, sufficient people in front of me found enough to place in the overhead racks to delay my exit from the plane, although why I worried I don't know since my holiday luggage had to catch up with me before I could leave Kalamata.
We travelled from Kalamata to our final destination by Taxi. This was fortunately an air conditioned Merc. So I tried to settle down and admire the mountain and sea views. This is in fact very important since double white lines in the centre of the road do not seem to mean either do not overtake, nor this is the centre of the road. I also started to get worried when our driver started to use his mobile phone, but I soon relaxed when I realised that he didn't use his second hand for steering anyway, so we were in no more danger. NB Its illegal to hold a mobile phone while driving a car in the UK.
Bottom line, Gatwick is always operating at the edge of its limits and it can be quite unpleasant, this was one of the easiest journeys through the airport I've ever had and the flight may not have been the most dangerous part of the journey
This was posted on the 24th August and back dated to the day it occurred.