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Travel woes are exaggerated

News reports have quoted comments by some of those unfortunate enough to be caught up in airports as stating that the conditions were comparable to a 'war-zone', or a 'third-world refugee camp'.

While I sympathise with their predicament, I'm certain their surroundings are not affected by weapon fire or the destruction of buildings; that people are not killed or seriously injured, there is a reasonable chance of fresh water, food, shelter, heating, light, sanitation and electricity.

I can only hope that those hugely overstated quotes are due to the obvious stress of the situation rather than a complete ignorance about what the conditions in war-zones or refugee camps are really like.


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