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Having just spent the day in the new Heathrow Terminal 5, I hear there is still places available for volunteers, the day I had consisted of registration between 8-9am, arrival at departures at 10am, check-in for a flight to Lyon on BA and wait around until departure of the flight. Following lunch we trailed the new security systems within the central search area. Finally about 2.30pm we left the terminal with a gift bag, having sampled one of the newest terminals in the World.

I would recommend anyone living within an hour's drive of the airport to register for the trails and see parts of the terminal that only passengers see. The trails are open to anyone including families with young children.

Follow the link and who knows I might even see you again on Saturday.

Theres not long now till March 2008 so be part of the Terminal 5 experience and register your details now on-line

We are looking for all types of people to be involved, from frequent flyers, to first time flyers everyone can take part. All you need is an email address and a valid passport or photographic driving licence.

You will have the chance to be one of the first people to see inside Terminal 5, get a Terminal 5 gift bag, and entry into a monthly prize draw for a chance to win British Airways flights. Plus we will donate a £1 to Marie Curie Cancer Care for every volunteer who takes part.
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#1
Is this a wind up, when you turn up with your family they will award you with WORLDS TIGHTEST MAN for dragging your family for the worst cheap day out possible

and yes you are, your avatar is perfect. lol
#2
It's not even cheap, only surely for the true plane spotters! What do they give you in your gift bag for wasting a day of your life together with all the other expenses (no mention of these being paid)!
[admin]#3
Thanks Crazy :)
#4
I think it sounds fun! I hope we get picked, my 8 year old would love it, so would my 40 year old :)
Heat and Rep!
#5
and you didn't even get to see Lyon!
#6
AS FATHER TED WOULD SAY "FECKEN BRILLIANT DOUGAL"
MAD IDEA, BUT STRANGELY APPEALING!!! :roll:
#7
yeh its cool ideal better than staying in watching ****** football or anything else on tv ;)
#8
Has anyone really been on this? My kids will be quite restless if it takes too long and will surely get thirsty & hungry. Considering the terminal's not open yet, are there any refreshments? :whistling:

Why don't they let us actually fly to somewhere and come back later in the day?;-)
#9
They did the same sort of thing with a new train terminal or train journey a while back. Sounded appealing aswell but I just coulnt justiify going down their to sit around waiting to get a free goody bag at the end.
#10
nickzadok;1573645
Is this a wind up, when you turn up with your family they will award you with WORLDS TIGHTEST MAN for dragging your family for the worst cheap day out possible

and yes you are, your avatar is perfect. lol

Well strangely enough it is not a wind up, neither is it a wind up that the BAA will donate a £1 to Marie Curie Cancer Care for every volunteer who takes part and it sure wouldn't be a wind up if you won one of the free tickets to fly on British Airways either.
Of course you would seem to be exactly the sort of person who would moan and bitch about your holiday experience starting badly at Heathrow because something is wrong. These trials are designed to pin point problems in the systems and have them sorted out before the terminal is opened to the general public. I know that the BAA were made aware of 3 (major passenger) problems that WILL be sorted out before it is opened to the public in 7 weeks time, so maybe someone else has sorted out your problems.

As for food and refreshments go, they are available throughout the day, you are free to explore the whole terminal, test out everything and report back. From arrival to departure your day costs you nothing, parking is provided free and as for the contents of the goodie bag - well you will just have to turn up and get one.....

Not only is it an experience for travellers, but it is also an experience for people who might have to go to Heathrow to collect friends and relatives, and although I am not really a plane spotter, it was interesting and could also help anyone who has never flown before as it gives you the experience of what goes on before you fly and gives you the experience of arriving at the airport, collecting 'your' baggage and walking through immigration and customs. Of course they do tell you what sort of person you have to be for the day, so you might find yourself as an American arriving in the UK for the first time and having hassle explaining to immigration why you need to come to this Country.
#11
whats in the giftbag?
#12
come on, spill!
#13
I heard that you get free food and drink from the Costa Coffee that's open in the entrance hall... Whether or not that's true, I couldn't tell you, mind.
#14
Im only 10mins away.
#15
Didn't see any Costa Coffee there, but most of the shops are just kitting themselves out, I am looking forward to having something in Gordon Ramsey's place, called Plane Food..... I might be able to tell him it tastes F****** Awful, the peas are green, the fish is swimming.....
#16
‘goody’ bag contents - international plug adapter, pen, luggage label, plastic passport wallet, and marketing ‘guff’.:oops:
#17
wow a whole pound to charity! seriously life is too short for this rubbish.
#18
i would have to come from gatwick, (as live near there) to heathrow on a train with my hubbie and 4 kids, this would be very tempting, if only they reimburst the train fare.... it would cost quite a bit of money to get return fares for all 6 of us...........four of us done the eurostar trial back in november, we got our fares paid, also got free return tickets to paris for all our trouble.......... I dont mind helping out, but they should cover your fares to and from......
#19
Surely this would only be a good deal if you were paid £100 upwards, what a joke asking for volunteers to do work in theory.

But i'm sure they will get the people to do this and saving thenselves Thousands in the process, some people must not have anything better in their life to do than wait for an imanginary flight.

Let's just hope their are no delays hey wouldn't want you people to miss out on your plans for the evening!! :)
#20
I like it sound interesting but too far away
#21
johnraggett

But i'm sure they will get the people to do this and saving thenselves Thousands in the process, some people must not have anything better in their life to do than wait for an imanginary flight.


absolutely right. you just need to have a look at the rating the post gets to see this confirmed. sad...
#22
I can appreciate that dry runs are needed to iron out any problems but surely letting people roam anywhere in the terminal must pose some kind of security threat, it could double as a training ground for potential terrorists.

As for the "experience": it sounds like a **** day out, hanging around 8am until 2:30pm in an airport? It's bad enough doing that when actually travelling without wasting a Saturday doing it for "fun".
#23
Going from T5 This summer LHR-LCA on a BA 767

Would be nice to try it out beforehand i suppose...
#24
Was thinking of going Thorpe Park when it opens again... but who needs to go there!!! Terminal 5!!! more like terminally ill.
#25
I live in London and I try to travel as cheaply as possible. A return to Heathrow for me and the missus would set us back around £8. Not much but then lunch, time spent there.

It is ridiculous to be honest. Im not talking about a £100 incentive but at least a £10 discount on the shops or flight of your choice, a meal at least, a baguette with cheese/ham setting them back 11pence. Lets look at the logic of this.

Companies spend millions every year finding out information to gather important market research to better a product or location. An incentive is there wether it be refreshments and money. They are incredibly smart in making people think that 'they are doing You' a favour by coming and allowing them to collect data and information about health and safety, manouvability of junctions, ticketing, baggage handling, staff and population control all for a measly giftbag and £1 to charity and the sights of a new building! Herding sheep around for 3 hours for some fresh hay comes to mind.




And like originally mentioned it does sound like a wind-up, its ludicrous really. You have to be living a stones throw away to even consider this.
#26
I cant belive you get noting for being a volunter, just a rubbish goody bag.:x Total waste of time.

I liked the trial of Euro star previosly as they gave free tickets to volunters for testing the station.

Thanks to the poster for posting this.:thumbsup:
#27
ali137;1600254
I cant belive you get noting for being a volunter, just a rubbish goody bag.:x Total waste of time.

I liked the trial of Euro star previosly as they gave free tickets to volunters for testing the station.

Thanks to the poster for posting this.:thumbsup:

I heard today that one guy had booked to go on the first trial because he was told it was a really good day out etc etc, so he booked his trial date and waited. Just before Christmas, the company he was working for went bust so things weren't to great over Christmas and January but he still went on the trail. As he was wandering around and being herded like sheep he took a note of all the shops in the new terminal and decided to see what his chances were of getting a job. Well without the boring bits, he now has a full time job with plenty of over time, almost doubled his wages and is very glad he went. And the guy who told me, was so happy for him and his attitude and willingness to work that the company will soon ask him if he would like to go for management training which will rise his wage even more.
So the moral of the story is......don't expect to be handed everything on a plate, sometimes you have to show you want something before you recieve it. :whistling:

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