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| An original little airport that neatly encapsulates so much that one remembers of awful travelling in the early sixties. Check in can be a remarkable experience. The attention to detail on baggage weights can be quite extraordinary. Hand baggage is weighed and people often seem to have to unpack suitcases in front of the check in staff and move their kit around, even when they are travelling together. Flexibility might not be key to the weigh in here, bags is bags and weigh them they must. Then you could have something to eat at the cafe queue up line and explore the ground side ablutions which are no better than the airside ones. They all have that old and tired, slightly unpleasant smell of foot worn linoleum that reminds one of ancient Portakabins. The airport shopping system is a revelation that could be resisted. It's an obvious exercise in passenger entrapment. I do so very much hope that this refurbishment is not what the £10 compulsory per head passenger charge has been spent on. The shop seems to be the newest thing around and you can't avoid it. It dry gulches you just as soon as you've passed through the more than usually overbearing security checks. It's not an indication of how thorough you are if you don't know that some cameras operate with film, so that to open the camera back would not be a good idea. It's not what they do in Norwich, it's the way they do it and the attitudes that are so often unpleasant. Once that experience is over you can visit the airside business room, not a vibrantly thrilling place of course and no contiguous lavatory so it's back to the lino in the departure hall I am afraid to say and jolly cold it gets in midwinter too. Speaking of film, a request to security to be searched in a room away from the security belt was refused on the grounds that the entire event was being filmed. It's all very well to expect passengers to treat security with respect but it certainly isn't a two way tramline at Norwich. Entry control personnel are always pleasant in their little pulpits but don't draw verbal comparisons with The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, or even historically earlier parallels. The baggage arrivals hall always seems to be unmanned these days. I am sure that the single baggage carousel has had no upgrade for decades. Be sure you test drive your trolley before you try to navigate with a suitcase on board. I always make sure I wear gloves at Norwich. That helps with shifting the baggage around when it becomes stuck or jammed on the carousel and the gloves stop one's hands getting scratched up on the rusty trolley handles. I suppose, as in all matters of personnel, there are good staff and bad ones. It's just such a shame that so many of the ones one meets at NWI seem not to enjoy their work. Still, apart from the fact that Norwich airport seems to be a run down little anachronism that charges a special tax to deliver poor facilities, it's a much easier jaunt than Stansted. Then too one always gets to shuttle through Schiphol on KLM thus avoiding the horrors of LHR, LGW and BA.