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8:32am on Wednesday, 16th September, 2009:

No-Man's Land


So, here I am standing at Geneva airport.

I'm standing because I don't have a seat; I don't have a seat because there are no seats where I am.

OK, so my usual practice at airports is to get there early and go straight through security. I then wait air side for the flight. This means that should I get trapped in enormous queues (glares at Stansted Airport), at least I won't miss my flight.

So that's what I did here. I went through passport control and then ... got stuck. They have some kind of system whereby security is done by gate: A, B, C, D or F (for France). You can't go through the wrong one. B looks to be for Britain, but it may be non-Schengen international flights or something. Whatever, I don't know what gate my flight is from yet. It's not on the boarding pass and it's not on the monitors. I can't go back through passport control and I can't go forward through security. I'm in no-man's land until my gate number shows up on the screen.

Oh, and yes, I am typing this with one hand, but no, I don't have a lot of practice at that...

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