It was all fine. The test came through negative and everything else went smoothly.
They haven’t all quite got their respective acts together, though. There’s an app called VeriFLY, where you can upload all your documents and it’s really quick to check in. However, you can’t progress past the negative test until you get the result. That’s ok, if inconvenient, but you need an emailed or printed document with your name and details and a QR code. I got a letter without a QR code so couldn’t use VeriFLY. The people behind me had a piece of paper with the negative result QR on one side and their name on the other, and you can only upload one picture. There are a lot of companies doing the testing and they use different methods. So I had to join the slow queue. Which was fine but one couple had some sort of delay and took nearly an hour, so the line built up and up. I was all right, I had loads of time but some people were cutting it fine by then. So I let them in front of me and made them all happy. The BA staff were lovely. Patient and helpful and put the anxiety of the travellers way ahead of their own stress.
though while I wa being looked after, apparently a woman who’d got in the wrong queue lost her cool and started shouting and being rude. Then stormed off. The nice woman helping me and her colleague who was upset and came to tell her agreed that if she’d just waited and not yelled, they’d have helped, taken her to the right place and at the front of the queue.
anyway. No matter. I had a very nice brunch of avocado on toast with a poached egg and tomato salsa – lightest thing on the menu, which offered too much food in a helping to justify a £10 charge – and hung about cheerily for the rest of the time. No platinum jubilee memorabilia unfortunately, so I took the stuff I’d bought at home as enough and just added champagne.
and now it’s 7.30am and my hosts aren’t early risers, so I’ve been reading, faffing online and relaxing since I woke up a few hours ago. I’ll unpack a bit now.