The message is clear:
Don't fly British Airways.
Don't fly into or out of Heathrow.
Thank god you don't live in the UK or need to fly in or out of London.
Imagine going on a long haul flight, arriving at the airport and being told "hand luggage only"
The £28 million luggage system, despite months of testing doesn't work.
The misery continues.
'Gateway To Britain' Loose At The Hinges'
British Airways has announced that almost all departures from Heathrow's new Terminal 5 for the remainder of the day are limited to those passengers with hand luggage only.
It follows a day of major disruptions at the much-heralded terminal, dubbed the "Gateway to Britain" by Her Majesty the Queen at its recent unveiling.
35 outgoing and 28 incoming flights have been cancelled and all baggage check-in suspended during a day of chaos.
British Airways Director of Operations Gareth Kirkwood apologised in a statement for the "short term difficulties" and announced that those with more luggage could seek a refund for their planned flights.
Sky sources believe hold luggage has been allowed on some long haul flights as BA attempt to resolve the travel trouble.
Passengers unable to travel have been asked to find their own hotels, with some reporting they have been given a promise of full compensation from the airline.
Earlier, the Department of Transport said it "expects BA and BAA to work hard to resolve these issues and limit disruption to passengers."
Broken backage belts, halted lifts and grounded planes due to unexplained "problems" have made a mockery of BA promises of a "seamless and updated" flying experience at T5, said to be queue- and hassle-free.
Passengers have also expressed anger at the handling of the problems on the ground as staff struggled to communicate or cope with the demands of the £4.3bn building.
Sky News reporter Katie Stallard said: "It is rapidly becoming a pretty shambolic situation.
"Baggage belts have broken and passengers are now being asked to manually check-in in their bags."
I HATE HEATHROW.
This is what happens when you give a private company a monopoly.
Thank God I fly out of Luton on Saturday (one of the few non-BAA airports in the UK.)