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January 05, 2013


Nick L

'Sacred spaces' is right on the money. The same rules of behaviour apply as in a church: don't shout, don't cause a fuss, defer to those in charge. Although commerce and money-changing is aggressively encouraged in airports. Humour breaks the 'aura' scared spaces require, hence it must be discouraged. through the reassertion of authority.


there’s also the quite serious probability that if any such disturbances did break out in the UK or across the West generally, the cops wouldn’t take much of what they interpreted as provocation to start shooting into the crowd

Glasgow. That was riotous behaviour directed at a terrorist, but it was still pretty riotous.


that was a) in Glasgow and b) planned for the exact day when working class Glasgow was taking its kids to Spain, so I claim exception that proves rule.


Hmm: I agree a riot is pretty unthinkable at any of the big airports, but I do wonder how close sometimes it come to one at some skanky holiday hub like Luton at 2am when the Easyjet plane is stuck in in Alicante and the wrapper is being pulled off the second bottle of duty free 'to pass the time'....


Pre Sanctification

In the mid 70's the main cross-Atlantic charter company was British Caledonian. They made their money by overbooking flights and then stacking the excess passengers in hotels.

We turned up in the morning to be told that we would have to wait for 24 hours for a flight. An irate American got up on a chair and said this is the usual BC crap and we refused to disperse. I then got in a phone box and phoned BC's PR department pretending to be from the BBC and saying students due to fly on their postponed New York flight had told them they were planning a demonstration on the runway at Gatwick. Did they have a comment as we were sending a film crew down.

A plane was suddenly miraculously conjured from nowhere. But opposite us was a line of stoic West Indians due to be flying to the Caribbean being told their plane had been cancelled for 24 hours. We told them what we'd done and wished them luck.

Somehow today I could see myself somehow or other being done on terrorism charges.


I did abuse my position of power once by handing out Michael O'Leary's personal mobile phone number to the 80 or so other annoyed passengers in the Ryanair queue after the flight was delayed.


Riot at Birmingham airport? Here you go...


Seven members of the Hells Angels and Outlaws biker gangs have been jailed for six years each for their part in a "terrifying" riot inside a Birmingham Airport terminal...

No shots fired, no terrorism charges.
They were all quite elderly, too:

Sentenced on Friday were Outlaws Neil Harrison, 46, of Bell Green Road, Coventry; Mark Price, 50, of Westbury Road, Nuneaton, Warwickshire; Mark Moseley, 46, of Orchard Rise in Birmingham, and Jeremy Ball, 46, of Plant Street, Cheadle, Staffordshire.
Hells Angels Paul Arlett, 35, of Cradley Road, Dudley, West Midlands; Sean Timmins, 38, of Brewood Road in Coven, Staffordshire; and Leonard Hawthorne, 52, of Penn Road, Wolverhampton were brought into the court for sentencing separately.
Another of the convicted men, 47-year-old Mark Larner, fled to South Africa "with a substantial amount of money, and clearly is therefore at large", the court heard.


Those ages remind me of something I heard from a football-supporter friend. Apparently football hooliganism - such as there is of it these days - isn't really a young man's game any more; quite a substantial proportion of the match-day aggro crowd are veterans of the old firms, who got the taste in the 70s and never lost it.

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