My meeting let out shortly before 1200. Since my flight wasn’t till 1800, it isn’t like I had to really hurry to the airport.
After retrieving my luggage from the Bell Captain I wandered across the street and took the CAT back to the airport. This time I was flying British Airways. Guess what? They are extremely nice and had no problems getting me a hard copy of my boarding card. However, they aren’t open till 2 1/2 hours before the flight for luggage.
That’s right. Even though it is an international flight outside of the Schengen area, they don’t do the four hours.
After a bit of wander, I found a vacant seat and read till 1530 when I easily dropped off my luggage and went through passport control. From there it was just finding a place in the terminal where I could plug in electronics.
True to form, security was immediately before entering the gate area. The flight was fine and we actually arrived at Gatwick 15 minutes early which gave me even more time before my National Express Bus left. That ride was smooth and I made the Ibis just before midnight.