West London Air Terminal

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  1. quarella

    quarella Member

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    While hunting around for the Victoria Coach Station thread in buses and coaches I came across this.
    https://rbkclocalstudies.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/forgotten-buildings-the-west-london-air-terminal/
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    Location here. https://goo.gl/maps/AfC3w

    When I had gone past that Sainsbury's on National Express and Megabus I had wondered what had been there before but GSV doesn't go back far enough.
     
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    It has featured in a few films, Funeral in Berlin and Jugganaut (terror on the Brittanic).
     
  3. Busaholic

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    Been there once, about 1971. Saw my sister-in-law, then a 6th form schoolgirl, off on a school trip to Portugal. Great location opposite Gloucester Road Station, the passengers for BEA European flights got put onto specially-built Routemaster coaches with luggage trailers. No fuss, but then no terrorism, of course.
     
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    No terrorism in 1971?, the IRA couldn't have been more active!
     
  5. Busaholic

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    But not in London, and plane hijackings hadn't started either. Actually, working it out it must have been summer 1970 as this was when my sister-in-law left school, and she went prior to going to uni that autumn.
     
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    Sat outside it in my Dad's broken-down Vauxhall Victor for three hours once, as we waited for the AA.
    Was fascinated by those Routemasters.
     
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    I presume the luggage was just loaded onto the trailers and went through whatever security screening was in force when it got to Heathrow. This is what happened when it was possible to check-in at Paddington on HEX, so that the baggage only had to be kept secure against theft not against tampering.
     
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    Security screening at Heathrow consisted of all the luggage for a particular flight being lined up behind the passengers for that flight and then several bags (typically, four) being chosen and the passengers whose bag had been chosen asked to identify themselves. O n one occasion, both my bags were chosen, but I was never required to open any. Little old ladies, on the other hand...

    In those days (early 1970s) currency smuggling was the main concern upon leaving the U.K. Exchange Control not only existed but was rigorously enforced, indirectly by my own father amongst others.
     
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    I seem to remember a BBC interlude film in the style of London to Brighton in four minute that featured a taxi ride from the WLAT to Heathrow in four minutes of some similar unlikely time.
     
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    Didn't they call it it "university" in those days?
     
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    No plane hijackings in the 70's? Really?

    http://middleeast.about.com/od/terrorism/a/dawson-field-hijackings.htm

    Also the IRA were bombing London in 1971.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/31/newsid_2464000/2464143.stm

    Poor research there!
     
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  12. Busaholic

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    They did, but I wasn't sure anyone would remember the full word.:)

    Not forgetting the term university had not been degraded at that time by making such as South Bogland Technical College into universities.But I digress.
     
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