Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Being Chic at Heathrow

If you’re a big fan of CNN International, you certainly know by now that London’s Heathrow airport has opened a massive fifth terminal, albeit to growing chagrin. Major technical glitches have caused havoc, cancelling flights and stranding passengers.

But when an airport, in its infancy, is experiencing “technical difficulties,” why not take the time to taste the local cuisine and peruse the newsstands? Most of the time, this means sucking it up and paying for an overpriced coffee, cookie or sandwich. What else are you going to do, right?

Well, this trend will go the way of Bill Richardson’s presidential bid if things don’t change.

While waiting for a colleague at Heathrow’s new T5, Terri Patsalides downed four frothy cappuccinos. While she was prepared for some price gouging, she wasn’t prepared for the bill of £361,514.97.

In other news, I just paid four dollars for a large, black coffee. Apparently a Venti Chai Latte with nonfat milk, a hint of lemon zest and a cinnamon twist is less costly. Who knew? Not the exploited Columbians – that’s for sure.

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