Travels and Travails

This morning I headed back to Cardiff for a few days. It’s my last opportunity to sort out a few things here before teaching starts.

I’m not having much luck with travelling this week. This morning there was a last-minute change of gate at Dublin Airport, then a delay boarding due to ‘technical issues with the aircraft’, then a lengthy queue of other planes on the way to the runway.

Then, just as it seemed to be our turn to take off, we started to taxi back in the direction we had come from. The pilot muttered something about ‘a discrepancy with the paperwork’. I really though we were going back to the Terminal and would all have to disembark.

Fortunately that didn’t happen. We parked in a remote part of the airfield while the alleged discrepancy was resolved. We eventually took off about an hour late.

When we got to Cardiff we were delayed still further by having to get a bus from the plane to the Arrivals area, although the usual gates within walking distance were unoccupied.

Finally I was surprised to see full passport control in place inside the Terminal. Normally there are no passport checks on passengers flying from Dublin to the UK because of the Common Travel Area. I suppose that arrangement will be yet another casualty of Brexit.

On the other hand perhaps all these curious incidents with paperwork, passport checks, etc were related? A suspicious individual on the plane perhaps?

A large contingent of rugby fans were on the plane for tomorrow’s match between Cardiff Blues and Connacht at Cardiff Arms Park, but they were a friendly crowd and unlikely to be the cause of security concerns.

Anyway, I got back to Pontcanna a full 90 minutes late and not entirely gruntled.

Here’s another picture of Maynooth University Library Cat from earlier this week. I wonder what he would have made of today’s shenanigans?

5 Responses to “Travels and Travails”

  1. If there wasn’t supposed to be passport control, I would have thought that some passengers wouldn’t have their passports with them at all. Do you know if that happened, and if so what the fate of those passengers was?

    • I don’t know how it is in Ireland, but in most of Europe, if a passport is not required when travelling, some other type of documentation is. Since the UK has no ID cards, probably most travellers have a passport. (The advantage of the ID card is that it fits in a wallet; modern ones are the size of a credit card.) Perhaps “passport control” shouldn’t be taken too literally; maybe it was just some sort of check which doesn’t necessarily require a passport.

  2. Anton Garrett Says:

    perhaps all these curious incidents with paperwork, passport checks, etc were related? A suspicious individual on the plane perhaps?

    Definitely, Peter, definitely…

    Mind the academic publishers’ hit squad and make a late change of seat number on your return flight !

  3. […] have noticed passport checks happening at Cardiff Airport before (e.g. here and here) but I’ve previously imagined there was some specific reason for them. Passport checks have, […]

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