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Old 5 Aug 20, 02:34 PM  
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Distancing this weekend BA and LNER

Iíve been pretty cautious with my social distancing but had to go up to Newcastle on a family matter at very short notice so flew up and got the train back .
Heathrow T5 looked pretty busy early morning but was mainly bag drop. Security took less than ten minutes.


Plane was an airbus I think ... some kind of retro branding going on with the paint job , blast from the past !

We were bussed to the plane but not as crammed as usual . Seating was 3x3 each party was given a row so great distancing. No hot drinks on board just water and a snack bag . We were told no queuing for the loo . Masks to be worn except when eating or drinking.

Newcastle airport was tumbleweed time , looked like we were the only flight in , desolate for August.
Brother usually works at the airport but is currently seconded elsewhere so no airport ID and he was highly unimpressed at £6 pick up charge !
In general people in Newcastle seem to handle distancing far better than those in Kent , even in the city centre I felt comfortable .

Coming back by train I booked first class to ensure distancing. May as well have saved my money as someone was already in my seat, no point in getting them to move as the point is they sanitise seats before each journey. Again parties were kept separate , I first moved to the only separate seat but as a single wasnít distanced and eventually moved to a different carriage. Checking tickets , let alone reservations didnít happen . Definitely good ideas but lost something in execution ! Equally uninspired snacks (free in First) but they did have coffee (yay)


Hopefully this will help someone thinking about travelling.


Overall though the whole travelling experience was less stressful than I feared !

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If they were in my seat Iídíve shifted them. Rightly or wrongly Iím not so concerned about the distancing as Iíve had it but in any circs theyíd be told to move. You are clearly more tolerant than I would be.
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If they were in my seat Iídíve shifted them. Rightly or wrongly Iím not so concerned about the distancing as Iíve had it but in any circs theyíd be told to move. You are clearly more tolerant than I would be.
Usually I would , seat poaching presses my buttons but from a sanitation point of view theyíd already put their hands everywhere so it didnít make sense to move them as if they did have the virus Iíd get it too as the train surfaces are all wiped down and sanitised. It was safer to sit in a seat no one else had occupied.
Iím not as convinced as you that Iíve already had it and wouldnít want to bring it home to my family.
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Iíve been pretty cautious with my social distancing but had to go up to Newcastle on a family matter at very short notice so flew up and got the train back .
Heathrow T5 looked pretty busy early morning but was mainly bag drop. Security took less than ten minutes.


Plane was an airbus I think ... some kind of retro branding going on with the paint job , blast from the past !

We were bussed to the plane but not as crammed as usual . Seating was 3x3 each party was given a row so great distancing. No hot drinks on board just water and a snack bag . We were told no queuing for the loo . Masks to be worn except when eating or drinking.

Newcastle airport was tumbleweed time , looked like we were the only flight in , desolate for August.
Brother usually works at the airport but is currently seconded elsewhere so no airport ID and he was highly unimpressed at £6 pick up charge !
In general people in Newcastle seem to handle distancing far better than those in Kent , even in the city centre I felt comfortable .

Coming back by train I booked first class to ensure distancing. May as well have saved my money as someone was already in my seat, no point in getting them to move as the point is they sanitise seats before each journey. Again parties were kept separate , I first moved to the only separate seat but as a single wasnít distanced and eventually moved to a different carriage. Checking tickets , let alone reservations didnít happen . Definitely good ideas but lost something in execution ! Equally uninspired snacks (free in First) but they did have coffee (yay)


Hopefully this will help someone thinking about travelling.


Overall though the whole travelling experience was less stressful than I feared !
If your brother works at the airport I am really surprised he didn't know about the pick up charges - at £6 it sounds like he parked in the minibus/van parking area for up to 30 minutes - the Express car NCL posh name for drop off) is up to 10 mins for £3 and 10-30 mins £5. They announced the "necessary" increases in the middle of lockdown whilst making 34 full time members of staff redundant in a disgraceful manner.

Just for future reference there is a free pick up and drop off area in the Short stay 2 car park a couple of minutes walk from the terminal - up to 15 minutes free with no return.

The move to increase the parking wasn't at all popular with the locals needless to say.

Love the fact you travelled on the BEA retro livery - BA painted 3, sadly now retired, 747's in other retro liveries too and I loved spotting them on my travels (when I could travel that is).

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Love the fact you travelled on the BEA retro livery - BA painted 3, sadly now retired, 747's in other retro liveries too and I loved spotting them on my travels (when I could travel that is).

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Sadly the A319 in the BEA livery is also due to be retired...
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Usually I would , seat poaching presses my buttons but from a sanitation point of view theyíd already put their hands everywhere so it didnít make sense to move them as if they did have the virus Iíd get it too as the train surfaces are all wiped down and sanitised. It was safer to sit in a seat no one else had occupied.
Iím not as convinced as you that Iíve already had it and wouldnít want to bring it home to my family.
I totally can see your point of view.
Seat poaching is a biggy for me I'd've had to make a sarcastic comment to tho, there's no way they'd get away with it without knowing ! ha ha... morale to this story don't nick my seat !
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Usually I would , seat poaching presses my buttons but from a sanitation point of view theyíd already put their hands everywhere so it didnít make sense to move them as if they did have the virus Iíd get it too as the train surfaces are all wiped down and sanitised. It was safer to sit in a seat no one else had occupied.
How does that work on a long-distance service where, for example, someone could have booked Newcastle -> York and someone else Doncaster -> London, or do they guarantee not to book a seat twice on a journey like that?
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How does that work on a long-distance service where, for example, someone could have booked Newcastle -> York and someone else Doncaster -> London, or do they guarantee not to book a seat twice on a journey like that?
They guarantee , my seat poachers had got on at Edinburgh so before me.
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I totally can see your point of view.
Seat poaching is a biggy for me I'd've had to make a sarcastic comment to tho, there's no way they'd get away with it without knowing ! ha ha... morale to this story don't nick my seat !
Oh I made him squirm but I just didnt fancy sitting there anymore
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Usually I would , seat poaching presses my buttons but from a sanitation point of view theyíd already put their hands everywhere so it didnít make sense to move them as if they did have the virus Iíd get it too as the train surfaces are all wiped down and sanitised. It was safer to sit in a seat no one else had occupied.
Iím not as convinced as you that Iíve already had it and wouldnít want to bring it home to my family.
So how would you know if someone would have just put their hands all over your empty seat and table any way or sat in the seat and got off before you got on?
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