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Old Nov 29, 18, 4:48 am
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To the gentleman on crutches at T5 yesterday afternoon - the fact that you have a gold tag on your backpack and crutches does not mean that you can walk past a queue and in front of other people who are queuing patiently at immigration - albeit on buggy. And if the driver politely points out that there is a queue - please do not ignore her as if she was not there!
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Old Nov 29, 18, 5:05 am
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Originally Posted by GentleGiant View Post
To the gentleman on crutches at T5 yesterday afternoon - the fact that you have a gold tag on your backpack and crutches does not mean that you can walk past a queue and in front of other people who are queuing patiently at immigration - albeit on buggy. And if the driver politely points out that there is a queue - please do not ignore her as if she was not there!
I think I'd make an exception for crutches.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 5:08 am
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Originally Posted by smokie36 View Post
I think I'd make an exception for crutches.
However he managed to walk from the plane to immigration - so waiting an extra minute or two in the queue should not have been an issue!
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Old Nov 29, 18, 5:18 am
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Originally Posted by GentleGiant View Post
However he managed to walk from the plane to immigration - so waiting an extra minute or two in the queue should not have been an issue!
Indeed, during the winter/ski season you have an increase of passengers with plasters, crutches, etc - but I guess if they don't have any other health problems, waiting for that extra couple of mins will not kill them.
Outside of BA specifically, in general I really hate those who needs pre-boarding for 1 person, but you see the whole family or group follow in line to board. I think airlines should be more logical and permit at least max 2 persons to board with the eligible passenger or move to the front of any queues.

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Old Nov 29, 18, 5:33 am
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Originally Posted by GentleGiant View Post
However he managed to walk from the plane to immigration - so waiting an extra minute or two in the queue should not have been an issue!
Ahh I thought you meant he was on the buggy!
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Old Nov 29, 18, 5:41 am
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However he managed to walk from the plane to immigration - so waiting an extra minute or two in the queue should not have been an issue!
I am sure your medical assessment from afar simply by looking is spot on: you now know what is the exact condition of this disabled person and that standing will not be an issue.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 5:51 am
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Originally Posted by fransknorge View Post
I am sure your medical assessment from afar simply by looking is spot on: you now know what is the exact condition of this disabled person and that standing will not be an issue.
I am sure that if standing was an issue he would have got assistance from the plane / or politely said 'sorry I'm in discomfort do you mind if I queue jump'.

As opposed to walking without any great difficulty past the buggy and then standing in line ignoring the driver.

But eh - he had a gold card luggage tag on his backpack so all is well - that gives priority over others
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Old Nov 29, 18, 6:16 am
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Originally Posted by GentleGiant View Post
I am sure that if standing was an issue he would have got assistance from the plane / or politely said 'sorry I'm in discomfort do you mind if I queue jump'.

As opposed to walking without any great difficulty past the buggy and then standing in line ignoring the driver.
Please give me a medical opinion for you to make this certain conclusion.
You are judging without no knowledge of this person disability as well as his psychology. One might be in discomfort but not ask for jumping queue (usually due to the negative reactions and judgments most people would have).
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Old Nov 29, 18, 6:23 am
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Originally Posted by GentleGiant View Post
I am sure that if standing was an issue he would have got assistance from the plane / or politely said 'sorry I'm in discomfort do you mind if I queue jump'.

As opposed to walking without any great difficulty past the buggy and then standing in line ignoring the driver.

But eh - he had a gold card luggage tag on his backpack so all is well - that gives priority over others
My late M-I-L could walk very well but could not stand in one spot for more than a few seconds.
This may have been the case with this person.

On another note if you spot a major DYKWIA moment next week - it’ll be MrD, he is too used to getting his own way
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Old Nov 29, 18, 6:34 am
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Originally Posted by GentleGiant View Post
I am sure that if standing was an issue he would have got assistance from the plane / or politely said 'sorry I'm in discomfort do you mind if I queue jump'.

As opposed to walking without any great difficulty past the buggy and then standing in line ignoring the driver.

But eh - he had a gold card luggage tag on his backpack so all is well - that gives priority over others
Eh??? Mrs Cyclops has Multiple Sclerosis. Thankfully mild. She can walk off a plane and down stairs (but generally needs a wheelchair these days in big airports) but if she was to stand for a length of time she would need a seat. A couple of years ago she would have been Mr crutches.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 6:34 am
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Originally Posted by missdimeaner View Post

My late M-I-L could walk very well but could not stand in one spot for more than a few seconds.
This may have been the case with this person.
I fully understand this and as a result of a hip injury 10+ years ago I have this problem, I can walk for miles but standing still for more than a couple of minutes is extremely painful. It feels like a fraud to ask for priority when people see you walk otherwise and an assumption is made that you want to queue jump. Believe me, I'd rather be able to stand in the queue and have my full range of movement back than experience the pain I do. It does affect travel decisions e.g. I will only go to the US through Dublin where I can pre-clear as standing in US immigration queues is just not a possibility.
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Originally Posted by GentleGiant View Post
I am sure that if standing was an issue he would have got assistance from the plane / or politely said 'sorry I'm in discomfort do you mind if I queue jump'.

As opposed to walking without any great difficulty past the buggy and then standing in line ignoring the driver.

But eh - he had a gold card luggage tag on his backpack so all is well - that gives priority over others
I do agree that jumping the buggy is bad.
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Having been on crutches myself earlier this year, and traveled through a lot of airports, I fully sympathise with this chap wanting to skip the queue. The people that use the buggies can often take a ridiculously long time to get themselves through immigration, and I wouldn’t want to have to wait behind them.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 7:16 am
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Originally Posted by missdimeaner View Post

My late M-I-L could walk very well but could not stand in one spot for more than a few seconds.
This may have been the case with this person.
Even "simple" back problems have this peculiarity. While walking is ok, standing is very uncomfortable and becomes painful quite quickly.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 7:32 am
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Originally Posted by GentleGiant View Post
To the gentleman on crutches at T5 yesterday afternoon - the fact that you have a gold tag on your backpack and crutches does not mean that you can walk past a queue and in front of other people
Originally Posted by GentleGiant View Post

But eh - he had a gold card luggage tag on his backpack so all is well - that gives priority over others
you seem to have a thing about GoldCard Holders.

the comments about the levels of assistance required by fellow passengers are fatuous.
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