The "security jinxed" flight BA223 from London Heathrow to Washington Dulles airport was delayed by 3 hours yesterday, and also today.
The passengers and their baggage have already been screened and they are on board the aircraft, waiting for the US authorities to clear the list of passenger names.
The air transport security bureaucracies seem to be incapable of checking just over 200 passenger names against a "watch list" in less than 3 hours, a process which should take a few seconds at most.
It seems clear now, that for 5 days in a row, just the mere fact that you have been boooked onto BA233, makes you into a terrorist suspect. Will these "blacklists" follow the unlucky passengers into the future ?
Is this disruption to the same daily flight, for 5 days in a row an attempt to put pressure on British Airways to accept the use of armed sky marshals ?
Or are the transport security bureaucracies letting the terrorists win by damaging confidence in air travel and tourism by crying wolf with excessive, inconvenient and ultimately ineffective extra security measures ?