BA223 from London Heathrow to Washington Dulles airport , due to take off at 15:05, is now reported as being airborne at 17:13. Is a 2 hour delay a sign that the security bureaucracies are getting better with practice , having delayed or cancelled this dauly flight for the previous six days in a row ?
Allegedly, according to the pilot on Sunday's flight, there are 22 agencies in the USA which have to sign off on the passenger list before the aeroplane is allowed to take off. So much for the concept of the a streamlined and efficient Department of Homeland Security.
What sort of threat could there possibly be to this specific flight, which does not affect any others, which justifies this extra red tape, over and above the normal security checks ?
This saga of delays, no matter how well intentioned, does not reassure us about the safety of air travel, it just feels like a War on Tourism