Monday, 6 July 2015
Scandalously slow passport checks at Calais port.
Leave a little extra time to check in for the ferry at Calais. With travellers already frustrated by strikes, UK border control officials seem intent on rubbing salt into their wounds. Confronted with a relatively short queue of perhaps 25 vehicles yesterday we waited for fully 45 minutes to get through the passport check. As a result, though we had arrived in plenty of time, we missed the boat we had intended to catch. Like all travellers I recognise the need to ensure the security of out borders but how can it take almost two minutes per vehicle? If the delay were that long at Heathrow there would surely be serious protests. And this wasn't even the summer peak. What will happen then? Remember this was just a passport check and not a search for immigrants trying to slip through the net.