Delays in the luggage loss systems of the forthcoming Terminal 2 may delay opening, a spokesman warned.
"At the check in", he said, "labels to the destination are being clearly printed, and then read by the machines to load them to their targeted aeroplane -which can overload busy flights. Our 'weight balancing system', will, when functional, stick the bags on any plane with room".
The arrivals side seems no better. The airport has set up signs telling arriving passengers which lost luggage counter to go to to complain about their missing bags -but as bags are actually reaching the carousels, travellers will be confused.
The spokesman said, "we built our arrivals sections assuming all luggage will be lost -with thirty lost luggage counters, two carousels and four luggage trollies. As luggage is now arriving, we cannot cope with a boeing 747's-worth of baggage. We are however, confident, that by the time of the summer school holidays the luggage handling system will be working as badly as the rest of heathrow"