Travelling Hopefully (And Testing An Airport)

“To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

In recent weeks and months I have indeed been travelling hopefully and also arriving; all without actually leaving the building I was in.

I have been part of a huge number of volunteers testing the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow airport.

T2 may be called the Queens Terminal but it belongs, just a little, to everybody who has helped make it what it is, from the architect, to the construction team, to the staff and to all of us volunteers.

These photographs are just a little part of the terminal but hopefully give you a flavour of what we’ve seen as we’ve been involved in the trials.

I have (pretend to be) flown to exotic (and not so exotic) places, I have arrived from others. I have been British, and American, male and female. I have journeyed through T2 in many different ways.

The rewards are various. For one, we have been very well fed and well looked after, for another I have seen parts of terminal and walked through corridors that I will never have the opportunity to again.

Most off all though, I have made a difference. We have given feedback on how the journey process worked and we have been listened to. I know that T2 will work a little better, be a little easier to use because I was there.

In the end, that’s a wonderful thing to be able to say. That is after all what testing is all about. So both as a software developer and as an all round travel geek, I’ve had an immensely satisfying and incredibly entertaining time.


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