London airport queues ’depend on wind’ 倫敦機場排隊人龍長短「要看風向」

Long waits to clear passport control at London Heathrow Airport can depend on which way the wind is blowing, Britain’s immigration minister said.
Delays at the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic have triggered a furore in Britain as the clock ticks down to the July 27 opening of the London Olympics, for which Heathrow will be the main gateway.
Immigration Minister Damian Green said passengers from New York might well have to wait longer to clear passport control if their flight arrives 10 minutes after one from Lagos in Nigeria, for example, rather than 10 minutes before.
"That will depend on the wind, over which, with the best will in the world, airlines and the Border Force don’t have the control," he told a parliamentary committee.
BAA, the airport’s owner and operator, said some passengers had to wait up to three hours to get through Heathrow Terminal 4 last month. Green said the queue lengths seen at some times of the day at Heathrow were "unacceptable".
British actress Joan Collins blasted Home Secretary Theresa May after being held up at Heathrow recently. "1000s waiting at passport control--listen up Ms. May--need more officers!" the 78-year-old former "Dynasty" star said on Twitter.
which way the wind is blowing:片語,指某事的可能發展態勢,例句:He quickly saw which way the wind was blowing and tried to comfort the worried parents.(他很快就看出事態走向,並試圖安慰憂心的家長們。)但本文中則指字面上意義,亦即風向。
with the best will in the world:片語,指即使已竭盡所能但仍可能無法做到某事,尤指無能為力的狀態,例句:With the best will in the world, if you don’t have a passport you can’t go.(就算有心,假如你沒有護照就無法成行。)
hold someone/something up:片語,指阻止、拖延某人或某事,例句:An accident on Main Street held up traffic for thirty minutes.(大街上發生的一場意外讓交通受阻了30分鐘。)

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